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Default Nano lasers?

What's next, nano-bots with fricking nano-lasers mounted on their heads!? ;D

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Cool. Things we can't even see just got a whole lot more awesome 8-)
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http://machineslikeus.com/news/invis...oon-be-reality

what about that?
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Default Re: Nano lasers?

Invisible nano sharks with nano lasers mounted on their heads ^^
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Meh it's just a materials advance. We still would need a tool advancement before any nano laser could easily be manufactured.
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"Nano" as a catch-phrase is WAY overused at the moment. Everywhere, companies are doing "nano this" and universities are starting departments of "nanocrap and technology" and whatnot. Way overused. Fact is, we've been doing nanotechnoloy for years. Every laser diode being put into a laser on this board is nanotechnology, because the active regions are most likely quantum wells and are less than 10 nm thick. It's only "nano" in 1 dimension, but Intel's chips are "nano" in at least 2 dimensions, and these things have been "nano" for a long time.

And if the SEM image given in the article is an actual image of the device they're talking about, IT'S NOT "NANO" anyway! It's more than 10 micrometers across! It's no more "nano" than any other laser diodes on the planet! And it's decidedly less "nano" than any of the processors rolling out of Intel's fabs these days.

They just stuck the word "nano" on there to get more attention, even if it has very little at all to do with what they're doing. It's just a catchphrase that is really popular to use right now.


Getting light to stay "nano" like they're talking about is a neat trick, and will be cool when devices start using it. The tools to make what they're talking about already exist, I don't think it would be much problem really to make what they're talking about with today's technology.
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They create diodes using a doping method. I don't think that is applicable to something like this though. I could be wrong though.
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