Optical and electronic applications of sculptured thin films

Vijayakumar C. Venugopal, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Elif Ertekin

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As sculptured thin films (STFs) have a nano-engineered morphology (comprising 3-5 nm clusters) STFs with desired electromagnetic properties in the optical, infrared, millimeter wave and even microwave regimes can be tailored. With the development of specialized fabrication techniques on the upswing, device-oriented studies on STFs are gaining impetus. We focus on five possible applications of STFs: (1) laser mirrors and notch filters, (2) rugate-like filters, (3) optical gas concentration sensors, (4) optical interconnects, and (5) ultra-low permittivity barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 Engineered Nanostructural Films and Materials - Denver, CO, USA
Duration: Jul 22 1999Jul 23 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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