Salmon Sperm Makes LEDs Better

September 24, 2007


Professor Andrew Steckl of the University of Cincinnati has been enhancing LEDs with, get this, salmon sperm.

DNA has certain optical properties that make it unique. It allows improvements in one to two orders of magnitude in terms of efficiency, light, brightness — because we can trap electrons longer. Some of the electrons rushing by have a chance to say ‘hello,’ and get that photon out before they pass out. The more electrons we can keep around, the more photons we can generate. DNA serves as a barrier that affects the motion of the electrons.

Not to toot my own horn or anything, but one time some of my DNA ended up on the ceiling fan, and its horsepower increased tenfold. So there, Professor Steckl.

Salmon Sperm Makes LEDs Better [ohgizmo]

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