Technology A light bulb moment at ANU could create new innovation frontier in technology.

A light bulb moment at ANU could create new innovation frontier in technology.

Mingkai Liu, a PhD student at the ANU Research School of Physics and Engineering and a team of researchers have created a new ‘metamaterial’ capable of influencing the polarisation of light.

The discovery is a major advance in the development of photonics technology – technology based on the manipulation of light, which can carry signals and information much like conventional electronics.

The new metamaterial, however, enables faster, more compact devices, and will lower the carbon footprint of current electronics, which currently make up 2% of the world’s carbon emissions.

Mr Lui said the idea for the innovative metamaterial came to him when he found a piece of wire in his washing machine, in what can only be described as a ‘light bulb moment’.

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