Black Silicon

The start of SiOnyx has prompted a rash of articles on “Black Silicon”. The Tree Hugger article was very “Rah Rah!” while the After Gutenberg article was much more grounded. The idea is that some R+D folks came up with a way to enhance the surface of a silicon wave to improve it’s ability to absorbe photons. Conspicously missing from this was a write-up on whether any electrons were kicked out by this absorbtion. After all, if that absorbtion doesn’t create electrons, it’s creating heat. I can make anything create heat by painting it black.

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