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  • Corning Opens Tech Center in Berlin

Dec 2012
Specialty glassmaker Corning Inc.’s new Corning Technology Center Berlin opened recently in Adlershof Science and Technology Park. Germany’s largest technology park also is home to Humboldt University of Berlin as well as to 11 science institutes and 922 companies working in photonics, optics, solar technology, and materials and microsystems, among others. Corning will use the center to develop technologies to enable on-demand information for consumers and enterprises. The new center also is home to Germany-based members of Corning Cable Systems GmbH & Co. KG.

A noncrystalline, inorganic mixture of various metallic oxides fused by heating with glassifiers such as silica, or boric or phosphoric oxides. Common window or bottle glass is a mixture of soda, lime and sand, melted and cast, rolled or blown to shape. Most glasses are transparent in the visible spectrum and up to about 2.5 µm in the infrared, but some are opaque such as natural obsidian; these are, nevertheless, useful as mirror blanks. Traces of some elements such as cobalt, copper and...
optical fiber
A thin filament of drawn or extruded glass or plastic having a central core and a cladding of lower index material to promote total internal reflection (TIR). It may be used singly to transmit pulsed optical signals (communications fiber) or in bundles to transmit light or images.  
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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