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  • Dow Corning Launches Photonics Business
Sep 2003
MIDLAND, Mich., Sept. 11 -- Dow Corning Corp. announced this week it has launched a global photonics business that it says takes the advantages of silicon-based materials into the optical domain for optical applications in various markets.

"We are building on a long history of successful silicon-based material applications in electronic devices, which have proven reliable over a wide range of thermal and environmental conditions. These properties, combined with their excellent optical characteristics of stability under high flux and processing flexibility enable high-performance and cost-effective solutions for a broad range of optical applications," said Babette Pettersen, director of the Dow Corning global photonics program. "Photonics is an exciting, high-potential, fast-growth field."

The company said it will offer advanced silicon-based materials, device technologies and services for use in optical waveguides and optical data storage solutions, including holography, optical fiber coatings and high-brightness light-emitting diode packaging.

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The optical recording of the object wave formed by the resulting interference pattern of two mutually coherent component light beams. In the holographic process, a coherent beam first is split into two component beams, one of which irradiates the object, the second of which irradiates a recording medium. The diffraction or scattering of the first wave by the object forms the object wave that proceeds to and interferes with the second coherent beam, or reference wave at the medium. The resulting...
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