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ARTICLE OF THE HOUR Nano-Optics Technology
Optical Alchemy
Transforming ordinary materials into extraordinary optics holds the key to progress.Optics today needs alchemy, and the forces that motivate microchip technology are a key reason why. Today, light can transmit and process digital information as well as electricity can — in some ways, even better. But exploiting this potential requires the optical equivalent of microchips and the optical alchemy able to create them. However, what we have had to date is largely the outgrowth of a centuries-old...

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