The Science Behind Chromophores

We’ve talked about how fiber optics can improve access to the Internet and data through community-wide cable networks before here on the Connected Fiber blog. Today, we were intrigued to hear about attempts to apply the incredible data transmission speeds of this technology to small, sometimes infinitesimal, electronic components.

Much of this interesting technology is discussed in this article published by In the article, it’s reported that researchers at the South Dakota State University have developed a type of fiber optic electronic component that utilizes chromophore, an organic compound that possesses a color. Chromophore is suspended within a polymer and then applied to a glass or silicon substrate, creating an electro-optical device.

The science behind this technology is pretty astounding. Chromophores measure about three nanometers at length, barely visible under the most powerful of microscopes. The diameter of a human hair is 20,000 times thicker than a chromophore, according to the above article.

Recent developments in adding insulating rings around the chromophores to prevent the risk of malfunction because of excessive conductivity. The latest electro-optical devices manufactured in this manner are capable of withstanding 185 degree Fahrenheit temperatures for 2,000 hours while maintaining 90 percent working capacity.

A world where our laptops, tablets and smartphones are designed for data transmission through light waves would unlock incredible speeds in electronics. The annoying seconds where your laptop needs to whirr into action would be a thing of the past and the instantaneous response we expect from electronics would be far more achievable.

Connected Fiber is dedicated to ushering in a new generation of telecommunications that relies on fiber optics. We serve businesses and residents in and around the community of Leland, North Carolina. Give us a call if you want to see how lightning fast data speeds can revolutionize your access to information and important digital resources.

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