• Traditional computers process data by way of electrons, which travel through wired connections. But the engineers have developed an "ultracompact beamsplitter" that uses photons instead, creating light beams 50 times thinner than a strand of hair. And because the beamsplitter itself is so small, millions of them could fit on a single computer chip.
  • Light is the only constant when it comes to measuring speed. There is nothing faster in existence. And the secret to doing that: The smallest polarization beamsplitter ever demonstrated.
  • Manon, who led the effort, estimates the beamsplitter technology could be used in supercomputers and large data processing centers in as little as three years, which would be spectacular if true. Further down the road, imagine consumer-friendly phones and tablets that are exponentially faster — yet have longer battery life because they need less power.

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