Friday, July 7, 2006

 

Self-Powered Silicon Laser Chips

`A computer scientist at UCLA has transformed one power-hungry component of a silicon laser into a generator of energy — which could help engineers trying to incorporate faster optical elements into commercial processors.

“Not only are we not dumping energy in, we’re actually recovering it,” says Bahram Jalali, a professor of electrical engineering at UCLA’s Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science “It sounds too good to be true, but it is true.”‘




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