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'Wonder of Nanotechnology' details research enabling nanoscale optoelectronic devices
Date:11/21/2013

and terahertz technology. Her current interest is in nanoscale optoelectronic quantum devices.
  • Leo Esaki, who shared the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the phenomenon of electron tunneling while working at Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo (now known as Sony). He is known for his invention of the Esaki diode, which exploited that phenomenon. He also pioneered the development of the semiconductor superlattice while at IBM, and is president of the Yokohama College of Pharmacy in Japan.
  • Klaus von Klitzing, director of the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Germany. Von Klitzing was awarded the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the integer quantum Hall effect. His current research focuses on the properties of low-dimensional electronic systems, typically in low temperatures and in high magnetic fields.

    "The chapters in this book bear witness to how far we have come since the invention of manmade semiconductor superlattices in 1969," Esaki writes in the book's foreword. "I look back with wonder at all of the exciting developments of the last 44 years and can only imagine where the future will take this technology and what exciting discoveries await."

    The book's editors also address the inspiration of nature in studying nanoscale structures, and how the human ability to control material composition on the nanometer scale is what allows us to achieve technological goals transcending the properties of naturally occurring materials.

    "The wings of a butterfly, the feather of a peacock, the sheen of a pearl all of these are examples of nature's photonic crystals: nanostructured arrangements of atoms that capture and recast the colors of the rainbow with iridescent beauty," von Klitzing writes in the book's preface. "As our tools to manipulate matter reach ever smaller length scales, we, too, are able to join in the game of discovery in the nano-world a game that nature has long since mastered."


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    SPIE--International Society for Optics and Photonics
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