Research News: Vortex laser offers hope for Moore’s Law

The image above shows vortex laser on a chip. Because the laser beam travels in a corkscrew pattern, encoding information into different vortex twists, it’s able to carry 10 times or more the amount of information than that of conventional lasers. Credit: University at Buffalo.

Professors Liang Feng, PhD and Natalia M. Litchinitser, PhD co-authored a study on optics, featured in the journal Science, that could lead to the development of more powerful computers and data centers. Their research focuses on a vortex laser beam as a way to increase computing capacity - the corkscrew shape of the vortex will carry 10 times more information than linear lasers.