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ScienceDaily (Feb. 9, 2012) — A team of University of California, San Diego researchers has built the smallest room-temperature nanolaser to date, as well as an even more startling device: a highly efficient, "thresholdless" laser that funnels all its photons into lasing, without any waste
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These highly efficient lasers would be useful in augmenting future computing chips with optical communications, where the lasers are used to establish communication links between distant points on the chip. Only a small amount of pump power would be required to reach lasing, reducing the number of photons needed to transmit information, said Fainman.
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Fainman said other applications for the new lasers could include tiny biochemical sensors or high-resolution displays, but the researchers are still working out the theory behind how these tiny lasers operate. They would also like to find a way to pump the lasers electrically instead of optically.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/02/120209173327.htm
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quantum electrodynamic effects in coaxial nanocavities to alleviate the threshold constraint.
wut

But seriously though - it's good to see that we're finally getting involved with lasers that are more efficient. As far as I know, they tend to use indecent amounts of energy. Not to mention, the researchers seem to be very optimistic about future applications:
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Fainman said other applications for the new lasers could include tiny biochemical sensors or high-resolution displays...
or maybe paving the way for even smaller circuits and transistors!
Edited by Escatore - 2/10/12 at 7:26pm
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Damn...I saw the title right under the nuclear one and thought to myself "Holy crap! They'll have inertial confinement worked out now." But alas....wrong direction with the lasers' goal.
     
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