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Insight into Glass Formation Could Lead to Coatings, Other Applications

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To better understand the optical properties of stable glasses, and whether they are analogous to the properties of naturally aged glasses, researchers began by developing perfectly round molecules that retain their three-dimensional shape and do not preferentially align in a specific direction. The researchers produced stable glasses using these molecules, expecting that these glasses would be amorphous and isotropic. The University of Pennsylvania research team was surprised to discover that the stable glasses produced with the spherical molecules were birefringent. Using a...Read full article

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    Photonics Spectra
    Feb 2018
    GLOSSARY
    birefringence
    The separation of a light beam, as it penetrates a doubly refracting object, into two diverging beams, commonly known as ordinary and extraordinary beams.
    ophthalmology
    The branch of medicine involved in the study of the anatomy, functions, diseases and treatments of the eye.
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