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Dawn Tan

Breaking the Internet's Limits: Lighting the way through photonics

Year Honored

Asia Pacific

"A single bit of internet data goes through a complex value chain of electronics and photonics before it is received by its intended recipient. Data originating in electrical form needs to be converted to its optical form, aggressively squeezed into optical fiber, restored and reconverted. We study optical nanostructures for trillion-fold concentration of optical fields well below the diffraction limit, such that unprecedented regimes of light-matter interaction may be harnessed for vast improvements in the transmission, capacity, cost and reliability of internet data - The term ""Breaking the Internet"" will become a thing of the past."