World's thinnest material offers huge advances in high-speed internet


World's thinnest material offers huge advances in high-speed internet

Matt Scott

Graphene, the thinnest material in the world, has the potential to bring about huge advances in high-speed internet and other optical communications, according to scientific research.

A team of scientists who have been working with graphene - a form of carbon only one atom thick yet 100 times stronger than steel - said in a study published in the journal Nature Communication that their research shows graphene's special optical and electronic properties could be fully exploited to advance IT communications.


When combined with tiny metallic structures called plasmonic nanostructures, graphene could potentially be hundreds of times faster than communication rates in the fastest internet cables currently in use. Nobel Prize winning scientist Kostya Novoselov said: "Many leading electronics companies consider graphene for the next-generation of devices. This work certainly boosts graphene's chances even further."

Andrea Ferrari from Cambridge University's engineering department, who worked alongside the team of scientists, said the findings show graphene has great potential in photonics and developing electronic devices that channel and control light.



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