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Plasmonic nanocircuits enable optics on a microchip

 Researchers from Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light (MPL), and California Institute of Technology (Caltech), demonstrate that it is possible to operate extremely compact optical circuits on the nanoscale, a size scale that makes it compatible and potentially competitive with state-of-the-art electronic microchips, while substantially reducing the limiting factor of heating loss and while strongly increasing the efficiency to funnel infrared laser light into these circuits with a novel design of optical nanoantennas.

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