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Photonic/Optical Materials

Photonic/Optical Materials Tutorial

Crystal Grade Materials
Organic NLO Materials
Plastic Optical Fibers


Photonics, an analog of electronics, is a technology in which photons instead of electrons carry information.1,2 The significance of photonics arises from its advantages over electronics in that photonics provides larger bandwidths, faster response times, and less noise from extraneous electromagnetic fields. Photonics holds application potential in many areas of present and future information and image-processing technologies.3-7 The role of the nonlinear optical (NLO) process is to provide key functions necessary for the photonic technology. Abilities to change properties of light, such as its frequency, phase, amplitude, or transmission characteristics when the light passes through an NLO-active medium are examples of phenomena that are potentially useful in photonics. Thus, advancements in the field of nonlinear optics will have a direct effect on the progress of photonic technology.

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