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Adv Mater. 2010 Jan 5;22(1):12-9. doi: 10.1002/adma.200900827.

Photonic glasses: a step beyond white paint.

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  • 1Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Madrid (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.


Self-assembly techniques are widely used to grow ordered structures such as, for example, opal-based photonic crystals. Here, we report on photonic glasses, new disordered materials obtained via a modified self-assembling technique. These random materials are solid thin films which exhibit rich novel light diffusion properties originating from the optical properties of their building blocks. This novel material inaugurated a wide range of nanophotonic materials with fascinating applications, such as resonant random lasers or Anderson localization.

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