Scientists Convert Light Into Sound for First Time

By: | October 30th, 2017

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Light is the fastest thing you can use for telecommunication, but it’s too fast for computers to catch and process.

Scientists successfully convert light into sound waves for the first time

Researchers from the University of Sydney have successfully managed to slow down light waves to turn them into sound waves on a computer chip. The researchers are comparing this accomplishment with “capturing lightning as thunder.” There have been several failed attempts in the past to make a stable and usable chip that uses photons instead of electrons to process data.

Why Photons

A photon is a particle of light. Unlike electrons, photons are very good carriers of information. They do not carry an electric charge or produce any heat. Using photons instead of electrons to transfer data will increase the processing speed of computers while producing less heat and consuming less energy. Photons also travel much faster than electrons.

Scientists are hailing the new breakthrough as extremely crucial since the development of photonic integrated circuits will bring the quantum computers of the future a step closer to reality.

Nidhi Goyal

Nidhi is a gold medalist Post Graduate in Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences. You can also find Nidhi on Google+.

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