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In the same way that the invention of the transistor revolutionized electronics, the development of ultrafast all-optical switches is a major stake for very high rate information processing, for instance for very high rate telecommunications. In collaboration with the University of Twente, the NPSC team has developed a photon switch with a response time below one picosecond, i.e. ten times faster than previous devices.
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