Electrons on semiconductor chips swerve around obstacles and dissipate heat in the process, behaviors that are bringing an end to the seemingly endless multiplication of computer processing power -- also known as Moore's law -- says Shoucheng Zhang, the J.G. Jackson and C.J. Wood Professor of Physics at Stanford University. All may not be lost, however.
Dr. Zhang will discuss the "Electron Superhighway: A Quantum Leap for Computing" at a free public lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Kavli Auditorium on the campus of the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at 2575 Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park.
With the recent discovery of a new state of matter the topological insulator a rescue may be available that will allow progress to continue in information technology, Professor Zhang says in a statement. The discovery shows electrons in orderly movement in what are essentially traffic lanes. Electrons moving in opposing directions do not run into each other.
There may be a waiting list for seating at this event. Go to this link to register.