US and Chinese Collaboration Makes Progress With Nanowires - New Technology

A Chinese and US collaboration of scientists has recently made advances in the research of nano optical wave guiding.

Researchers from Zhejiang University and Harvard University haveused a new method to get very evenly shaped sub-micron and nano-diameter silicon oxide wires. They also successfully conducted a low-loss transmission experiment using these wires. The research entitled "Subwavelength- diameter silica wires for low-loss optical wave guiding", is to be published in the 426th issue of Nature magazine.

The technique is aimed at raising optical wave guiding quality by using long wires with a smooth surface and low-loss transmission. Nanowires made in this manner are very suitable for various kinds of nano optical wave guiding devices and have applications in physics, chemistry, biology and materials research.

Posted 1st February 2004

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