It’s no wonder that scientists try to come up with all kinds of solutions, products and materials to improve our Internet experience. Researchers at Arizona State University have come up with a new material they claim to increase the speed of Internet.
According to them, this new material will not only make our Internet experience a better one but it would also lead to an increase in the efficiency of silicon-based photovoltaic cells. The material the researchers have created will also be used to develop next-generation computers and will have an important role in improving the sensor technology as well as solid-state lighting.
Thus, researchers have used erbium to synthesize a single crystal-nanowire. This erbium is used to dope optical fibres in order to amplify the signals. The difficult part is that in order to dope a great number of erbium atoms in a cable so that it can be an effective amplifier, a very long cable is needed.
This hasn’t been that simple even for the Arizona State University team. But to solve this problem, they concluded that in order to cram more erbium atoms into a cable, they had to make the cable itself of erbium.
This way, it is much easier to cram 1,000 times more erbium atoms in these objects made of erbium than in those that were made of other materials. All this means that by using this kind of cables made out of erbium and doped with erbium atoms, the Internet speed and efficiency will be improved significantly.
Further on, this will make it possible for erbium atoms to be packed in small architectures that will be integrated into silicon chips. These will be used to improve the performance of different devices among which computers.
In this matter, electric engineering professor, Cun-Zheng Ning says that:
“Most importantly, there are many things we have yet to learn about what can be achieved with use of the material. Our preliminary studies of its characteristics show it has many amazing properties and superior optical quality. More exciting discoveries are waiting to be made.”
We have no details related to when this material will be available but let’s hope that this will happen soon.