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Visible LEDs Are 50 Years Old
2012-10-09 18:40:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online One technology has only just begun to be implemented into our society on a wide-scale, but it has actually been around for 50 years: the LED. The world's first visible light-emitting diode (LED) was demonstrated in 1962 by Nick Holonyak, Jr. to General Electric suits. Holonyak had predicted that the LED would replace incandescent lights, but at the time he probably didn't realize it would take 50 years to gain some traction....

2010-05-13 07:07:51

While the laws of physics weren't made to be broken, sometimes they need revision. A major current law has been rewritten thanks to the three-port transistor laser, developed by Milton Feng and Nick Holonyak Jr. at the University of Illinois. With the transistor laser, researchers can explore the behavior of photons, electrons and semiconductors. The device could shape the future of high-speed signal processing, integrated circuits, optical communications, supercomputing and other...

2009-06-15 11:19:28

 Researchers have constructed a light-emitting transistor that has set a new record with a signal-processing modulation speed of 4.3 gigahertz, breaking the previous record of 1.7 gigahertz held by a light-emitting diode.But, the researchers didn't stop there. By internally connecting the base and collector of a light-emitting transistor, they created a new form of light-emitting diode, which modulates at up to 7 gigahertz, breaking the speed record once again.In a pair of papers...


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