A Buckeye research squad has come up with a possibly revolutionary way to simplify how electronics work—that is a different way for them to use electrons. The simplification comes in the form of a singular material that can do the jobs usually handled by two different materials. Their research was published in “Natural Materials”.
These findings could mean a total rethinking on how electronic engineers build most of the electronic devices in our lives. This could be a solar cell or the light diodes in your TV. It could be transistors in a laptop. It could the sensors that detect light in your smartphone’s camera.
These basic little parts are the key stone of what makes electronics work. Electrons all have a negative charge and depending on how these little parts manipulate each electron they will either absorb energy or radiate it. Holes or the lack of an electron have positive charges. So, all the little parts make electronics work by moving electrons and holes in such a way that electricity is conducted in such a way as to make the device function has planned.
Up until now though each part of on any device could only hold electrons or holes, never both. Traditional electronics have unilaterally needed layers of parts made of different materials to get all the jobs done.
Now with the new-found material NaSn2As2 the need for multiple layers may be a thing of the past, as this crystal can hold electrons and holes. Simplifying any system usually means faster functionality and less breaking down—this is a potential revolution in electronics.