Microscopic Infrared Antenna on a Chip

A micron-scale spatial light modulator has been produced by research at Rice University. The spatial light modulator (SLM) is similar to ones used in sensing and imaging devices, but has the possibility of running orders of magnitude faster. Unlike other devices in two-dimensional semiconducting chips, these chips work in three-dimensional “free space.” The device, which looks like a tiny washboard, and could make obsolete current commercial products used to manipulate infrared light, is detailed this week in the open-access online journal Scientific Reports. [Read More]