May The Force of Light Be With You

  title={May The Force of Light Be With You},
  author={H. Tang},
  journal={IEEE Spectrum},
  • H. Tang
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • IEEE Spectrum
Light can exert enough force to flip switches on a silicon chip. We can imagine using optical force to reroute light on the fly, allowing a photonic circuit to perform at a blindingly fast speed, far beyond anything that electronic controls can manage. This capability would go a long way toward realizing the dream of an all-optical computer, able to exploit the immense bandwidth of light to its fullest. Maybe if you left your hard drive at home, you could read it at a comfortable rate over the… 
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