An unusual silicon-rich alloy offers enhanced channeling of light for optical computer chips

To improve the efficiency of waveguides a complex balance must be struck. The need for enhanced optical signal processing properties competes with the demand for low optical losses in waveguide material. Now researchers have developed a silicon and nitrogen alloy that fits the bill while achieving compatibility with existing silicon computer chip fabrication technology.

To improve the efficiency of waveguides a complex balance must be struck. The need for enhanced optical signal processing properties competes with the demand for low optical losses in waveguide material. Now researchers have developed an alloy that fits the bill while achieving compatibility with existing silicon computer chip fabrication technology.
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