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The Quest to Siliconize Photonics

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Producing photonic devices with standard silicon could revolutionize communications, computing, medicine and more.

Sean Koehl and Dr. Mario Paniccia, Intel Corp.

The siliconization of electronics over the past few decades has changed the face of the world. It has not only made what was once considered supercomputer-level computing readily available to almost anyone, it also has given us the ability to communicate through mobile phones, to document our lives with digital cameras, to enjoy feature films in which every frame is computer-generated, and to access information through the Internet at any time and from anywhere. Silicon chips are used in ways that no one dreamed of when the microprocessor was invented in 1968. The computing power that once...Read full article

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