Photonics Focus vol. 5 issue 4

July/August 2024 | Vol. 5 | Issue 4

This issue of Photonics Focus explores the promise of photonics technologies to help meet goals for sustainability. One story details the urgent need to apply photonics solutions that would lower the enormous power consumption of data processing centers, now reaching their limits with the advent of artificial intelligence. The issue also considers photonics solutions to the global clean-water crisis, as well as the potential for concentrating solar power to feed the electric grid, even at night, among other planet-saving applications. 

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Photonics technologies may offer solutions to the energy usage crisis for data processing in the age of artificial intelligence
Powering down: How optics technologies can reduce the energy costs of artificial intelligence and boost data center efficiency
Emerging nanophotonics technologies may provide better methods for achieving clean water for drinking and agriculture
Light for clean water: Nano-enabled photonics technologies might ease the drought
Concentrating solar power is not a new idea but it's potential to feed the grid and power industrial process is getting a fresh look as a renewable source of energy
Reflecting hope: Concentrating solar power can feed the grid and perhaps even remove carbon from Earth's atmosphere
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