World's Fastest Electrical Switch Takes 1 Trillionth Of A Second To Operate

Electrical engineers at the United States Department Of Energy's National Accelerator Laboratory have put speed limits on the world's fastest electrical switch - the one that takes just a trillionth of a second to operate. The research team says that this could lead to breakthrough innovations in the transistors designs making them faster, more powerful and reliable with potential use if future computers. The team found out that using SLAC's coherent light source X-ray laser, it takes only a trillionth of a second to turn the switch on or off. The speed is over 1000x faster than what the current generation of transistors can achieve.

Image Credit: Greg Stewart/SLAC​

Researcher Roopali Kukreja, the lead author of the study says that the breakthrough research reveals for the first time the 'speed limit' for electrical switching using magnetite - a naturally magnetic material.

The experiment showed the researchers how the electronic structure of the sample they studied rearranged into non-conducting islands. These islands were surrounded by electrically conducting regions which formed very quickly after the laser pulse struck the sample.

The experiment also showed the researchers how both conducting and non-conducting states co-exist and can create electrical pathways to be used in the next generation of transistors.

Read more about the research on the source link below.

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  • zaveri
    Funny !

    how much time do our traditional electrical switches take to operate ?
  • Jeffrey Arulraj
    Jeffrey Arulraj
    Well any electric device has a delay and it is about a few milli seconds To be exact some sensitive switches run to about a few micro seconds

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