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The Promise of Plasmonics: Overview/Plasmonics

  • Researchers have discovered that they can squeeze optical signals into minuscule wires by using light to produce electron density waves called plasmons.
  • Plasmonic circuits could help the designers of computer chips build fast interconnects that could move large amounts of data across a chip. Plasmonic components might also improve the resolution of microscopes, the efficiency of light-emitting diodes, and the sensitivity of chemical and biological detectors.
  • Some scientists have even speculated that plasmonic materials could alter the electromagnetic field around an object to such an extent that it would become invisible.
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