Innovation of the Week: Trapped Rainbow Effect for Computers

Posted by: meikah | 16 November 2007 | 12:44 am

sixsig innovation of the weekThis innovation will use a rainbow-like effect to produce ultra-fast computing. Possible? Here’s the story:

The technique, called ‘trapped rainbow’, would help optical data storage, with light replacing electrons to store information, according to their paper published today in the journal Nature.

Controlling light would also help engineers control major nodes where billions of optical data packets arrive at the same time.

By slowing some packets to let others through, rather like a traffic congestion scheme, the flow of data can be boosted.

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Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Corporate Communications

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