Dr. J. David Musgraves and Dr. Kathleen Richardson have contributed to a recently published article in Nature Photonics entitled, “Integrated flexible chalcogenide glass photonic devices.” The co-authors include colleagues at University of Delaware, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Central Florida.
Photonic integration on thin flexible plastic substrates is important for emerging applications in environmental monitoring. The potential uses range from the realization of flexible interconnects to conformal sensors applied to the skin. These flexible photonic devices can be mechanically deformed (bent, folded, rolled, twisted, stretched or compressed) without compromising their optical performance. The article describes a fabrication route for three-dimensional high-index-contrast photonics that are difficult to create using traditional methods.
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