PerspectiveApplied Physics

How to Be Truly Photonic

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Science  28 Jul 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5479, pp. 557-559
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5479.557

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Summary

Photonic crystals behave toward light waves as semiconductors do toward electron waves. Yablonovitch discusses a report by Noda et al., who have made a photonic crystal with unprecedented performance, using GaAs, the best material for integration into optoelectronic devices. According to Yablonovitch, the work thus represents a significant step toward photonic integrated circuits.