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Hybrid materials for optics and photonics

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The interest in organic–inorganic hybrids as materials for optics and photonics started more than 25 years ago and since then has known a continuous and strong growth. The high versatility of sol–gel processing offers a wide range of possibilities to design tailor-made materials in terms of structure, texture, functionality, properties and shape modelling. From the first hybrid material with optical functional properties that has been obtained by incorporation of an organic dye in a silica matrix, the research in the field has quickly evolved towards more sophisticated systems, such as multifunctional and/or multicomponent materials, nanoscale and self-assembled hybrids and devices for integrated optics. In the present critical review, we have focused our attention on three main research areas: passive and active optical hybrid sol–gel materials, and integrated optics. This is far from exhaustive but enough to give an overview of the huge potential of these materials in photonics and optics (254 references).

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14 Sep 2010
First published
06 Jan 2011

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011,40, 886-906
Article type
Critical Review

Hybrid materials for optics and photonics

B. Lebeau and P. Innocenzi, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2011, 40, 886
DOI: 10.1039/C0CS00106F

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