A ‘disruptive’ technology: Sandile Ngcobo’s world-first digital laser

Sandile Ncgobo articleSandile Ngcobo at work testing the digital laser at the CSIR laboratory in Pretoria. (Image: Screengrab via YouTube)

Breakthrough experimental work by University of KwaZulu-Natal scientist Sandile Ngcobo as part of his PhD research has led to the development of a world-first digital laser set to open up revolutionary new technologies for medicine, communications, manufacturing, product development and more.

Ngcobo was a key part of the team at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s National Laser Centre that demonstrated that, instead of resorting to expensive optics or other special mediating devices to control the shape of the light coming out of a laser, laser beams can be digitally controlled from inside the laser device itself.

Watch an eNCA documentary on Ngcobo’s research:

 

Watch Ngcobo explaining his technology at TEDxSoweto 2013:

 

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