How a new Technology in the field of Optoelectronics is changing the Future of Data

The ever-increasing amount of data raises an important question: How can information be transmitted at high speed yet at low cost? The current technology, based on copper wires, is reaching its ceiling due to the danger of overheating caused by electrical resistance. New techniques have tried to solve this problem by using light particles, but the materials used for this method are rare and costly. Elham Fadaly is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Applied Physics and Erik Bakkers is an award-winning Professor of Advanced Nanomaterials and Devices at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Along with an international team, they have made a revolutionary breakthrough in the field of optoelectronics by creating a silicon-based material that proved to be capable of emitting light efficiently and can thus be used for laser devices and high-speed communication. At Falling Walls, Elham and Erik will focus on how changing the molecular structure of silicon allows data to be transferred through light, at the speed of light and without generating heat.

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