Thursday, October 9, 2014

Blue LED Draws Nobel Recognition

The Nobel Prize in physics was announced this week and the winners were the inventors of the blue LED, or light-emitting diode. Blue LEDs are the backbone of the white light of current-generation light bulbs, not to mention most video displays of the past 8 years. In its story, Scientific American fundamentally overlooks the importance of indoor lighting and other forms of lighting that use LEDs, and it describes white LED technology incorrectly, but otherwise has a good summary of LED technology and the prize award: