Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breakthrough could skyrocket Internet speeds

A team from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory led by Chinese-American professor Zhang Xiang has developed a broadband technology so fast it would enable the download of an entire 3D movie in only a few seconds. The breakthrough, which could be available to consumers in three to five years, was made possible by the team's invention of a graphene-based optical modulator. With one-atom-thick sheets of carbon densely packed in a honeycomb crystal lattice, the modulator is 100 times faster than conventional optical devices in use today. More>