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Glass Micro- and Nanospheres

Physics and Applications

edited by Giancarlo Righini

“Editor/author Righini (emer., Institute of Applied Physics, Florence) provides a historical context for development of glass micro- and nanospheres in his brief introduction, followed by detailed and current overviews of their applications, presented in eight chapters, each coauthored with a different research group. The chapters cover theoretical concepts and a wide range of applications. These include technologies as common as glass beads for signals and road marking, and as “high tech” as whispering-gallery mode resonators or sensors for biomarker detection. Each chapter provides its own reference section, while the common index allows readers to quickly locate information about a specific topic throughout the book. Overall the text is well written and the print quality is high. The text is rich in formulas and equations.”

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814774635
  • Subject: Optical Materials
  • Published: September 2019
  • Pages: 362

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.