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SCIENCE ADVANCEMENT: STORING LIGHT LIKE SOUND

In this age of scientific era, there is almost nothing that science can’t achieve. Amidst other scientific discoveries and advancements, the news of scientists being able to store light like sound has come to light.

In this age of scientific era, there is almost nothing that science can’t achieve. Amidst other scientific discoveries and advancements, the news of scientists being able to store light like sound has come to light.

Typically, light, sound and data are different entities altogether. When we talk about light, it comes in the form of electromagnetic waves. Data is stored as binary digits 0 or 1 on a computer. The sound is like an acoustic vibration. All three have varied properties.

 

THE RESEARCH

The researchers from University of Sydney, Australia, are working on developing an optical computer by combining data, sound and light together. The outcome of their research was published in Nature Communications magazine.

They have made claims that the optical computer does not heat up and uses less energy when compared to the present computers. The data is being processed in the form of photons instead of electrons. The magnetic interference has absolutely no effect on the optical computer. When compared to the working of a present high-tech computer, the optical computer proves to be almost twenty times faster and more efficient in carrying out the tasks.

Such a technology has changed the entire face of the world since it allows faster transmission of data. Photonic microchip is being used for conversion of the photons (light particles) into the sound waves. The conversion is essential since photons move too fast to be processed. By converting them, the data can be processed easily.

There are small vibrations created inside the photonic microchip with the movement of light. The performance of the computer increases since the signals are passed in varied bandwidths at the same time. This switch to photonic system makes the idea of supercomputers into a possibility.

 

IN A NUTSHELL

The researchers have been able to manage the conversion of digital data in the light waves into sound waves and store it into a microchip. The photo-integrated circuits consume light for storing data and not electrons.

There is still a lot of time left before this technology can see the daylight in a working product. However, with the work in progress and room for improvements, innovations, the changes brought by the technology can be huge. If the systems manage to work well with the photonic microchip, the scientists will be able to manufacture an optical computer which works at the speed of light. There will be no more electromagnetic interference or production of heat or consumption of energy.