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Super Molecules Could Speed Up Internet

Posted in News,Science by Chris Weber on January 3rd, 2007

chromophore light molecule breakthroughMolecules that have the peculiar characteristic of being extra sensitive to light could have wide ranging implications on the field of computing.

The Kuzyk Limit was first theorized by Washington State University Professor Mark Kuzyk in 1999. Kuzyk’s find showed how molecules interacted with light and showed the possibility of creating molecules that could be much more reactive than any material at that time.

A Chinese chemist Yuxia Zhao was the first to synthesize such a molecule at the Chinese academy of science. The molecules react up to fifty percent more than any previously known material.

The synthesized material is known as a chromophore. When light hits a chromophore it releases electrons that are bright enough to be seen. Common examples of such molecules include ingredients in paint and food coloring.

Practical uses for the technology include almost any device that uses light to transmit or store information such as optical switches, fiber-optic connections at the large scale level and optical memory at the systems level.

Don’t look for the speed up any time soon as the materials are still in the research phase but in a few years, your internet connection just might be a little faster thanks to some really shiny molecules.