Using Single Quantum Dots to Probe Nanowires
Feb. 5, 2013 — Modern telecommunications happens because of fast electrons and fast photons. Can it get better? Can Moore's law -- the doubling of computing power ever 18 months or so -- be sustained? Can the compactness (nm-scale components) of electronics be combined with the speed of photonics? Well, one such hybrid approach is being explored at the Joint Quantum Institute, where scientists bring together three marvelous physics research fields: microfluidics, quantum dots, and plasmonics to probe and study optical nanostructures with spatial accuracy as fine as 12 nm.