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2D Materials Present Benefits, Challenges

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The properties of 2D materials could have a substantial impact on a host of applications, from quantum communication to flexible electronics. Manufacturers are seeking materials that allow faster, more efficient systems with lower power consumption, and materials such as graphene, germanium selenium and silicone can provide that. Besides being good conductors and strong light absorbers, they are durable and can bend without breaking.

The “wonder material” graphene can work at any wavelength from the visible to the far-IR, according to industry experts. Given its optical properties, graphene can assist the development of components such as IR transceivers used for data communication. Silicone is well suited for applications such as optical telecommunication devices, which continually require higher data transmission.

However, despite their advantages, 2D materials do present some challenges. Users must retain control of surface interface, and it’s also difficult to grow large, defect-free 2D films. In our cover story, Contributing Editor Hank Hogan delves further into the benefits and challenges of such materials, as well as the need for further investigation of their properties (read article).

Also in this issue:

• Maria Tesa of Edinburgh Instruments offers an in-depth look at fluorescence spectroscopy, which is routinely used in applications such as luminescent sample analysis and medical imaging. Spectroscopy methods including excitation-emission fluorescence are emerging, offering such benefits as faster sample measurements (read article).

• John Bowers, deputy CEO of AIM Photonics, and Jose Pozo, director of technology and innovation at EPIC, give their input on the state of the U.S. photonics industry within the global spectrum and explore the competition and collaboration needed for technological and research advancement (read article).

• EPIC Insights’ Ana Gonzáles and Jose Pozo examine the potential for lidar technologies, and how the ongoing expansion of the industry in Europe is impacting its role in the lidar market (read article).

• SolarEdge’s Lior Handelsman discusses the effect that selection, installation and maintenance of commercial photovoltaic systems have on longevity and ROI (read article).

Enjoy the issue!

Winter 2017
Justine MurphyEditorial

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