Functional optical materials
Progress in modern optics and photonics is strongly linked with the development of novel materials and tailoring of these to specific applications. The techniques developed for electronics have been modified and/or transferred to the optoelectronics industry, and a lot of the latest high tech products are directly based on these new materials, like flat-screen TVs and PCs, laser printer, projectors, digital cameras, cellular phones, etc.
In most cases structuring is done on the sub-wavelength scale to obtain the desired properties. Today the development goes far beyond the semiconductor field and materials like ferroelectrics, organic semiconductors, crystals, doped glasses, elastomers and others are exploited.
In our program we work with several of these “new” material groups with structuring techniques that reach down on the micrometer or nanometer scale to obtain true functionality.
Some of the materials that we work with right now are:
- Quantum dot materials
- Nanostructured ferroelectrics
- Materials for electro- and magneto-optics
- Optical metamaterials