From cameras to computers, new material could change how we work and play

North­eastern physi­cists Swastik Kar and Srinivas Sridhar led a research team whose novel work has poten­tial appli­ca­tions for improved cell­phone cam­eras and tiny tran­sis­tors that when mul­ti­plied by the bil­lions could fuel computers.

Want your computer to go faster? Just add light

An inter­dis­ci­pli­nary duo of North­eastern pro­fes­sors have cre­ated the first elec­tronic chip that mixes optical and elec­tronic sig­nals to per­form the most ele­men­tary com­pu­ta­tional operations—a break­through that could lead to much faster and more effi­cient elec­tronic devices.