Are optical transistors the logical next step?

A transistor that operates with photons rather than electrons is often heralded as the next step in information processing, but optical technology must first prove itself to be a viable solution in many different respects.

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The author acknowledge stimulating conversations with Azad Naeemi on gate capacitance and Rod Tucker on telecommunications switching.

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Miller, D. Are optical transistors the logical next step?. Nature Photon 4, 3–5 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphoton.2009.240

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