New laser based on unusual physics phenomenon could improve telecommunications, computing

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01/18/2017 03:20 PM EST

schematic of the BIC laser

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have demonstrated the world’s first laser based on an unconventional wave physics phenomenon called bound states in the continuum. The technology could revolutionize the development of surface lasers, making them more compact and energy-efficient for communications and computing applications. The new BIC lasers could also be developed as high-power lasers for industrial and defense applications.

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University of California, San Diego

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