Soon, 10,000 times faster laser powered transistors
Stockman and his fellow researchers experimented with probing optical processes in a dielectric silica with very short extreme ultraviolet pulses.
They discovered the fastest process that can fundamentally exist in condensed matter physics, unfolding at about at 100 attoseconds - millions of times faster than the blink of an eye.
The scientists were able to show that very short, highly intense light pulses can cause on-off electric currents - necessary in computing to make the 1s and 0s needed in the binary language of computers - in dielectrics, making extremely swift processing possible.
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