Carbon Sciences, the U.S-based company focused on developing graphene-based technologies, recently declared that it is working on developing graphene-based fiber optics components, such as photodetectors, fiber lasers and optical switches.
The company stated that its goal has been to help unclog the existing bottlenecks and enable ultrafast communication in data centers for cloud computing. After further investigation, it has come to realize the enormity of the IT market and decided to focus creating unique solutions and products for this market. In April 2015, a team of researchers developed a graphene-based photodetector that converts absorbed light into an electrical voltage at an extremely high speed.
In October 2015, scientists have shown that a 2D crystal, combined with graphene, has the capability to detect optical pulses with a response faster than ten picoseconds, while maintaining a high efficiency, which can lead to faster optical detectors that can be integrated into photonic circuits.