A different kind of light The discovery of the incandescent light bulb has transformed human existence. New LED technologies promise to be the next step forward. 58
KAUST research is going beyond LEDs to develop solid-state lighting solutions based on lasers.
he International Year of Light in 2015 marks 1,000 years since the production of Ibn Al-Haythamâ€™s pioneering work on optics, Kitab al-Manazir. Since then, light has grown ever more intrinsic in our lives, from fiber optic cables that are the conduit of modern communication to the blinking LEDs that inform and entertain us. Now research from the Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Science and Engineering Division at KAUST is contributing to the next generation of lighting technology which promises to continue transforming our world. For most of human history, light was produced from heat â€” candles, lanterns or open fires. The invention of the electric
From curiosity to innovation