Breakthrough allows room temperature lasers from nanowires

11/18/2013 - 00:00

A research breakthrough in Canberra may lead to faster, lighter and cheaper computers within 15 years.

A team of researchers at the Australian National University Research School of Physics and Engineering have made the first room-temperature lasers from nanowires.

PhD student Dhruv Saxena says laser technology is not used in electronics currently on the market.

"The wires and lasers will lead to much faster, much lighter computers because light travels much faster than electrons, allowing us to process data much faster," he said.