Guest editorial, Nanostructured Thin Films

S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering
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Journal of Nanophotonics, 2009, 3 (NA), pp. 1 - 4
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Nanostructured thin films (NSTF) are providing enormous scope for advances in optical, electronic and optoelectronic engineering and underpinning key developments in nanoscience. From a scientific perspective they embody numerous challenges and opportunities: covering concepts, models, growth, structure and characterization. Emerging technologies which depend on NSTF include photonics and plasmonics for information processing and communications; semiconductor and molecular electronics; display and lighting; single molecule bio-sensing, proteomics, advanced medical therapies, diagnostics and imaging; large scale, low cost approaches to energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage; and material surfaces which are durable, self-repair, self-clean, and have the ability to sense, change color, and to modulate reflectance, transmittance or thermal emittance.
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