Thursday, February 17, 2005


Intel claims silicon laser breakthrough

`Researchers from Intel Corp. have created the first continuous laser beam using silicon components, a development the chip maker called a major scientific breakthrough that could herald significant advances in communications and medicine.

In a paper to be published Thursday in the journal Nature, Intel’s Photonics Technology Laboratory reported a way to overcome the primary hurdle to using silicon as a medium for laser light, an effect in which electrons freed by the energy of passing photons absorb the light as it passes through.’

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