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Nanophotonics is the study of the behavior of light on the nanometre scale. The ability to fabricate devices in nanoscale that has been developed recently provided the catalyst for this area of study.

Nanophotonics scientists are experimenting with different ways to generate and manipulate light using ultrasmall, engineered structures at the nanoscale. Tiny gold particles called "nanostars" are being studied to ascertain how they interact with light.

The study has the potential to revolutionise the telecommunications industry by providing low power, high speed, interference-free devices such as electrooptic and all-optical switches on a chip.[citation needed]

There are a number of research groups working in this area in the U.S., the UK, Italy and Spain.

See also

Physics Portal
  • Nano-optics
  • Cornell Nanophotonics Group
  • ePIXnet Nanostructuring Platform for Photonic Integration
  • QUB Nano-optics Group
  • PLASMOCOM: Polymer-based Nanoplasmonic Components and Devices
  • CMDITR: Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research
  • Integrated Photonics and Nanophotonics Research and Applications (IPRNA) Topical Meeting
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