Power/Performance Bits: Dec. 30


Crafting ultrathin color coatings Harvard University researchers have developed a technique that coats a metallic object with an extremely thin layer of semiconductor, just a few nanometers thick. And while the semiconductor is a steely gray color, the object ends up shining in vibrant hues because the coating exploits interference effects in the thin films. Carefully tuned in the laboratory, ... » read more

Power/Performance Bits: Nov. 25


Better photodetectors Photodetectors are semiconductor devices that convert incoming light into electrical signals used in a vast array of products, from visible and infrared light detection systems to television remote controls. Meanwhile, perovskite is an organic-inorganic hybrid material with a crystal structure that is very efficient at converting light into electricity, and in recent year... » read more

Manufacturing Bits: Dec. 31


Bringing Graphene Down To Earth For years, the semiconductor industry has been looking at graphene as a next-generation technology for a multitude of applications. One potential application, the graphene field-effect transistor (GFET), has been developed by various companies and universities. There are several advantages and disadvantages with GFETs. On one hand, GFETs have a higher mobilit... » read more