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Silicon shines on

Researchers are getting better at making silicon do what it really does not like to do — emit light. A silicon laser is now demonstrated that has promising features for future practical applications.

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Figure 1: Raman amplification.
Figure 2: Cross-section of the silicon laser designed by Rong et al.1


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Faist, J. Silicon shines on. Nature 433, 691–692 (2005).

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