In this optical microscope image, light can be seen passing though a silica nanowire on a silica aerogel surface.
New technologies have made it possible to draw glass in long, ultra-smooth wires with uniform diameters in the nanometer range. Because of their extraordinary uniformity, these nanowires have unique properties important in optics and photonics, both of which require precise control of light.
• SIZE: This nanowire is 530 nm long and the radius of the bent wire is 8 µm.
• IMAGING TOOL: Optical Microscope
- Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
- Nanoscience, nanotechnology, and nanoengineering lead to new knowledge and innovations that weren't possible before.
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