BBC Report: The Vast Potential of Nobel Prize Blue LEDs

LISTEN to Alison van Diggelen's Radio Interview (audio file): from 12:30-16:00. Professor Steve DenBaars's interview took place at UCSB's Solid State Lighting & Energy Electronics Center. 

This week, UC Santa Barbara’s Professor Nakamura (and two colleagues in Japan) received the Nobel Prize for Physics. Their big breakthrough? The Holy Grail of material science for many years: Blue LED technology. It not only enables high efficiency lighting (goodbye Edison’s incandescent bulbs, hello backlit smartphones, and 2300 feet headlights); but one day soon will help double the range of hybrid cars (thanks to its power switching applications).

Today BBC’s Tech Tent aired my interview with Professor Steven DenBaars, research partner to Professor Nakamura at UCSB.

A version of this story aired on BBC’s Tech Tent on Dec. 12, 2014.