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Supercomputers aid discovery of new, inexpensive material to make LEDs with high color quality

February 19, 2018

Supercomputers have helped researchers develop a new phosphor that can make light-emitting diodes (LEDs) cheaper and render colors more accurately. Researchers predicted the new phosphor using supercomputers and data mining algorithms, then developed a simple recipe to make it in the lab. Unlike many phosphors, this one is made of inexpensive, Earth-abundant elements and can easily be made using industrial methods. Credit: David Baillot/UC San Diego Jacobs School of EngineeringFull Story

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