The unique properties of the transistor laser required Holonyak, Feng and graduate student Han Wui to re-examine and modify the law to account for photons as well as electrons, effectively expanding it from a current law to a current-energy law.
"The previous law had to do with the particles – electrons coming out at a given point. But it was never about energy conservation as it was normally known and used," commented Feng. "This is the first time we see how energy is involved in the conservation process."
PN wrote:The arguments of why an EESU don't work focus on Kirchoff's law. Tom's arguments are based on Kirchoff being true.
Oops - Tom's arguments are broken by this new result.
My model of how an EESU works is supported by this new experimental result, qualitatively.
Now if I could just get my hands on the journal paper to see how it will help me work out my EESU theory quantitatively
Bad reporting, possibly loose talk from scientists, as usual. Obviously with non-electrical energy emitted at a junction things are different. Energy is lost not just through resistance to heat, but over this lasing junction as a voltage drop (the band gap).
But Kirchoff's Current Law, which relates to currents in & out of a node, and conservation of charge, remains.
In fact to get at energy conservation (which is the bit that changes), you need to look at voltage.
Unfortunately Kirchoff's Voltage Law also remains, since it is property of electrical field, so the "expansion" does not in any way break the existing laws, and is a bit of PR - though why they need more PR than they already have for a clever invention god alone knows.
Please note PN you can prove almost any speculation with sloppy interpretation of other people's work (this work, in particular, is impressive and potentially very useful).
As others have commented here, conservation of charge is as fundamental as it gets, and not broken even in the LHC. If you support an EESU mechanism that requires you to break this rule then I am afraid you have hubris of megalomaniac scale.
Assumptions: 1) E=1/2CV2
(Only dummies assume this)