Jumpy Molecules make Faster Computers

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The next big leap in electronics and high-speed computing could all be down to ‘jumpy’ molecules called Chromophores, according to the University of Pennsylvania. Chromophores are the parts of a molecule responsible for it colour and researchers have found that they can be strung together into chains. When a charge is applied to the chain electrons jump from one Chromophore to another. This behaviour could form the basis of nano-scale circuits that in theory are capable of operating at more than three times of the speed of current semiconductor technologies.

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