David Mandrus and Jiaqiang Yan contributed to research recently featured in Nature in technology to significantly reduce the size of lasers. The study is led by a team at the University of Washington. From Tennessee Today:
The research—monolayer semiconductor nanocavity lasers with ultralow thresholds—resulted in the development of semiconductors that are roughly 100,000 times thinner than a human hair.
Critically, despite the reduction in size and power needed to operate, the technology is compatible with other electronics, which is key for the future development of ever-smaller devices and technology.