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Optical Materials of Tomorrow

Photonics Spectra
Nov 2016
Today’s optical pioneers are precise, creative and determined to bring to market the next generation of effective and efficient materials.

MARIE FREEBODY, CONTRIBUTING EDITOR, marie.freebody@photonics.com

From silicon photonics and quantum dots to metamaterials and carbon nanotubes, innovative materials promise a faster, brighter and more integrated future. While some materials have already enjoyed a measure of commercial success, for others, the future promises anything from niche applications right up to market disruption and displacement of existing technologies. With the rise of high-performance digital systems and the expansion of internet traffic, the exigency for advances in optical

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GLOSSARY
optical materials
Materials that, by virtue of their optical characteristics (i.e. refractive index, dispersion,  etc.), are used in optical elements. See crystal; glass; plastic lens.
quantum dots
Also known as QDs. Nanocrystals of semiconductor materials that fluoresce when excited by external light sources, primarily in narrow visible and near-infrared regions; they are commonly used as alternatives to organic dyes.  
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