Single-Molecule Electroluminescence

from the jolted-atoms dept.
waynerad writes "Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have created what may be the world's smallest electroluminescent light source using photon emissions from individual molecules of silver".

… the work could lead to new types of nanometer-scale optical interconnects, high-resolution optical microscopy, nanometer-scale lithography and other applications that require very small light sources. And because single molecules are known to emit one photon at a time, the technique could ultimately be the basis for high-efficiency quantum information processing and cryptography.

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