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Hiroshi Amano, gallium nitride and the future.
« on: February 28, 2018, 07:29:33 PM »
Hiroshi Amano, gallium nitride and the future.
Gallium nitride
This is other, but not off topic. It is relevant to everything.
(This is a long story. It runs for the 1990s up to this year and into the future.)

This kind of technology is hard to understand. We have become accustomed to the present limitations of materials like silicon, copper and aluminum. These materials have limits that appear to be insurmountable. Researchers believe that esoteric  materials can improve electrical performance and thus open the door to technology that has not been developed before.

Future computers will use materials that presently are in just the laboratory as prototypes. Specifically, gallium nitride (GaN)  technology will replace or supplement silicon in high-speed high performance computer chips.

But there  is a much broader aspect. Moving away from silicon with have impact on other arias not directly related to computer chips.

Electric vehicle s can benefit  with  a technology that will help make more powerful and safer storage devices  and motors.

Space rockets for interplanetary travel will come sooner with the use of gallium nitride technology.

Medical research will also advance with the new technology.

Hiroshi Amano, a professor from Nagoya University who was awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize in physics, is developing together with other researchers a remote power supply system that sends energy to distant places using electromagnetic waves.

Need some proof. Think about LED lamps. These are so much more efficient than other types of  lamps that produce visible light.

Amano and his team have utilized the technology of crystallizing gallium nitride (GaN) to developing the blue light-emitting diodes  that won Amano his Nobel Prize.




Anybody please help explain this. Use  simple layman terms. Tell how does it work? What can we expect? And when will it improve our lives? Or will it?  :)