A team from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo and Lehigh University are using nanoplasmonic structures to slow broadband light waves. Qiaoqiang Gan PhD, an assistant professor at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, said the goal is to enhance multiplexed, multiwavelength communications for better data processing and throughput.
"At the moment, processing data with optical signals is limited by how quickly the signal can be interpreted," he says. "If the signal can be slowed, more information could be processed without overloading the system." The team published their work in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.