Promise shown for semiconductor nanowires to bolster optical computing, speed high-performance computing

June 27, 2019
Applications for tunable semiconductor nanowires include optical circuits on chips, novel sensors, LEDs, solar cells, and innovative quantum technologies.

DRESDEN, Germany – Nanowires promise to make LEDs more colorful and solar cells more efficient, in addition to speeding up computers. That is, provided that the tiny semiconductors convert electric energy into light, and vice versa, at the right wavelengths. Phys.Org reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

27 June 2019 -- A research team at the German Helmholtz-Zentrum Dresden-Rossendorf (HZDR) has managed to produce nanowires with operating wavelengths that can be freely selected over a wide range—simply by altering the shell structure.

Fine-tuned nanowires could take on several roles in an electro-optical component. That would make the components more powerful, more cost-effective, and easier to integrate.

Nanowires are extremely versatile. The tiny elements can be used for miniaturized photonic and electronic components in nanotechnology. Applications include optical computing, optical circuits on chips, novel sensors, LEDs, solar cells and innovative quantum technologies.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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