(Mil-Embedded) The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has developed a new technique that could enable future advancements in quantum technology. The technique squeezes quantum dots, tiny particles made of thousands of atoms, to emit single photons (individual particles of light) with precisely the same wavelength and with positions that can be less than a millionth of a meter apart.
Lead researchers at the NRL say this new technique could point to significant developments in optical computing, ‘neuromorphic’ computing based on a network of tiny lasers, communication, and sensing. This advancement could benefit applications in which space and power-efficiency are at a premium.