Glass Micro- and Nanospheres

Glass Micro- and Nanospheres

Physics and Applications

edited by Giancarlo Righini

362 pages, 153.00 x 229.00 mm, 20 Color & 106 B/W

  • Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814774635
  • Published: September 2019

  • eBook - PDF
  • ISBN: 9780203710630

This book summarizes recent research and development in the field of glass micro- and nanospheres. A special focus is on the physics of spherical whispering gallery mode resonators. It presents selected examples of application of glass microspheres in biosensing, laser devices and microwave engineering. Hollow microspheres also offer a perspective for hydrogen transport and storage. On the other hand, glass nanospheres are fundamental for a class of photonic crystals (e.g., direct and inverse opals), as well as for industrial composite materials. Both micro- and nano-spheres find important applications in biomedicine. The book highlights examples of preparation techniques and applications. Recent challenges are addressed and potential solutions are examined. This book hence addresses physicist, chemists, materials scientists, and engineers, working with glass materials on microcavities, on nanotechnologies, and on their applications.

Key Features:

  • Covers R&D on the photonic devices which exploit the unique properties of microspherical resonators made in different types of glasses, in either solid or hollow form; they include microlasers and microbubble sensors.
  • Analyzes photonic crystals based on glass nanospheres.
  • Provides an overview of the applications of glass micro- and nano-spheres in fields other than photonics; examples are the perspective use of porous microspheres for hydrogen transport and storage, and the use of nanospheres in composite materials for paints or pharmaceutic products.
  • Many parts of the book are the result of the advanced research carried out by interdisciplinary teams of the Italian Research Council (CNR), in Florence and Trento, but relevant contributions from international experts are included, too.
  • A rich bibliography accompanies each section.