Monalisa by hybrid nanomaterial
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Have you seen James Bond Movie??? Well, if yes, then you must love the scene of military maneuvers erasing the sensitive optical data!!! Well, now this is going to happen in real because scientists have developed a Hybrid Nanomaterial that can enable writing, rewriting and erasing of optical components. Scientists at the University of Texas at Austin have invented a hybrid nanomaterial that can allow one to write, obliterate, and rewrite of optical elements. The researchers believe that this new ground-breaking Hybrid Nanomaterial can help in creating an advanced generation of visual chips and circuits.

The scientists put the new technology to trial by using a green laser to build up a waveguide on their nanomaterial. The researchers first developed their waveguide in the nanomaterial by employing the green laser. Then they were able to wipe the waveguide out by using a UV light, which was followed by the successful rewrite of the waveguide pattern again employing the green laser.

The scientists believed that this is the first time when the waveguide, structure or passage that aides light waves starting with one point to the next, has been reworked, which is a pivotal photonic part and a building hinder for coordinated circuits, utilizing an all-optical method. The hybrid nanomaterial is likened to an Etch-A-Sketch, where the material depends on light and modest atoms to write, erase, and re-compose optical parts.

In research reports are published in the academic journal “Nano Letters’. While unveiling the study, the Texas researcher team represented a complete description of the process how they invented the novel hybrid nanomaterial. The research was started with a plasmonic surface and ended up bringing up hybrid nanomaterial that can enable one to write, rewrite and erase optic parts.

While commenting on this revolutionary innovation, the co-author of the study, Linhan Lin sent an e-mail to IEEE Spectrum which reads:

“In our work, we used the hybrid plasmonic waveguides in the form of one quantum structure, and add the molecules to the polymer were the second quantum system. Once the firm coupling between these two quantum systems happens, we successfully tipped out the echoing recurrence of the hybrid plasmonic waveguides in the direction of two different new frequencies by only burning our taster with a UV light. At the point when the UV Light hit our sample, the hybrid plasmonic waveguide stopped working at its reverberating frequency, which in other words can be described as a successful eraser of waveguides.”

The new technique, after completely developed will enable engineers and programmers to create delay lines, rewritable visual filters, sensors, lasers, modulators, channel drop filters, dispersion compensators, etc. As hybrid nanomaterials hold potential for letting the devices run faster, in a more energy-efficient manner than silicon-made components, it will allow the scientists and engineers to employ light instead of electricity to convey data.

Source: IEEE

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