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Optical switching with organics

Organic microcavity optical transistors open up opportunities for real-world optical switching at room temperature. Now, an all-optical switch at room temperature, using an organic exciton medium with high quantum yield, brings us a step closer to all-optical logical networks.

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Fig. 1: Workflow of organic microcavity optical transistors.
Fig. 2: Normalized real-space photoluminescence of logical circuits OR and AND.


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Sun, Z., Snoke, D.W. Optical switching with organics. Nat. Photonics 13, 370–371 (2019).

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