Australian researchers find way to store light as sound

Sep 20, 2017, 6:39 AM EDT
(Source: Daniel Krieg/flickr)
(Source: Daniel Krieg/flickr)

In a breakthrough that inches us closer to the super-fast photonic computers of the future, a team of researchers from the Australian universities have, for the first time, stored light in the form of sound waves in a microchip.

Photon-based computer could be a revolutionary leap as they would be about 20 times faster than their current generation peers; they won’t heat up and would be far more energy efficient, writes Inhabitat.

Light, which is an ideal medium of telecommunications, travels too fast for a computer chip to process its signals but the new mechanism converts photonic elements into acoustic form allowing enough time for microchips to read, explains IFL Science.