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Chances and limitations of sol-gel-derived metal oxide and chalcogenide nanocomposites for optic and photonic application
Author(s): Helmut K. Schmidt
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Paper Abstract

Sol-gel technologies represent a powerful tool for making almost all kinds of transparent materials with interesting optical or photonic properties. During the last two decades, a large number of materials, mainly in form of coatings, have been developed. It is to say that the materials properties would be suitable for many applications. Draw-backs in many cases are processing, chemical engineering for quality-assured material production, availablilty of materials, skills for combining chemistry, engineering and device making in academia as well as in many industries, especially SMEs. These definitions in combination with the lack of knowledge lead to a situation that despite of the interesting prospects the industrial breakthrough has still not yet taken place.

Paper Details

Date Published: 29 July 1997
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 10290, Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review, 102900A (29 July 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.279837
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Helmut K. Schmidt, Institut fuer Neue Materialien gem. GmbH (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10290:
Sol-Gel and Polymer Photonic Devices: A Critical Review
Mark P. Andrews; S. Iraj Najafi, Editor(s)

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