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Nanoscale optical switch breaks miniaturization barrier


March 13, 2014

student checking the vapor deposition machine An ultra-fast and ultra-small optical switch has been invented that could advance the day when photons replace electrons in the innards of consumer products ranging from cell phones to automobiles. Full Story

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Vanderbilt University

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