thinnest nanowires will drive computers super fast in the near
future using light, a new research claims.
Nanowires will use a 'photonic chip' at its core to perform
functions in computing and electronics.
Researchers from Swinburne University of Technology and the
Australian National University engineered a nanowire thousand
times thinner than a human hair in a special type of glass known
The photonic chip is the primary goal of the Centre for Ultrahigh
bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), involving six
universities, says doctoral student Elisa Nicoletti, who led the
The internet is connected by miles of optic fibre cables and
electronic routers. However, these routers work at much slower
speeds than the optic cables, slowing the system down, according
to a Swinburne statement.
Photonic chip would solve this problem, powering ultra-fast
telecom networks that transfer information at the speed of light.
The realization of the chip will rely on a range of factors,
including the fabrication of extremely tiny materials and the
researchers' ability to harness a unique optical property known as
the 'non-linear effect'.
Chalcogenide exhibits non-linearity, which means its optical
density changes according to the applied light intensity. Simply
told, it can handle the passage of greater or lesser intensity of
light, without breaking down.