Building photonic devices at an atomic scale
Today’s smart phones, laptops and computers rely on electronic chips and transistors that operate based on current flow. Since the invention of integrated circuits, and in order to achieve higher and better performance, the density of transistors has been increasing.
However there are fundamental limits to how small these circuits can be made. Using photonics is one possible solution but nanoscale building blocks, called photonic crystals, need to be engineered in order to confine and manipulate light at the nanoscale.
Now UTS led research has demonstrated an integrated photonic device made entirely of atomically thin materials that can confine light into sub-micrometre scale spaces. This study brings 2D materials one step closer to applications in integrated quantum photonics.
Read the full story in the Institute for Biomedical Materials and Devices news section.