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03.04.2015

Nanoplasmonic technology to develop in Russia

The Prospective Research Foundation and the state enterprise Dukhov Research Institute of Automation have set up a laboratory to develop new generation optical devices. Among other things the lab will be focusing on building plasmonic sensors that can detect explosive and dangerous substances.

Plasmons are electro-magnetic waves on metal surface, while plasmonics is the technology of transmitting such waves via nanoscopic structures. At the frequency of regular electro-magnetic waves plasmons have a much lower wave length and better electronic qualities. Electronics based on plasmonic technologies work much faster and have a much greater data capacity. The new lab will work on the design of spasers, the basic elements of nanoplasmonics, and produce pilot version of plasmonic devices.

The importance of antiterrorist activity is growing all over the world as terrorists are becoming more active in Europe and Middle East. In order to preserve stability in Russia it is necessary to introduce modern methods of antiterrorist work. Nanoplasmonic sensors that are sensitive to single molecules of dangerous substances can be used to prevent terrorist attacks in crowded places.

Leading Russian researchers at the field of nanostructures that have research experience in the USA, Japan and Canada as well as other developed countries take part in the new lab working.

An important application of nanoplasmonic technology would be the creation of a spaser grid consisting of guided light-activated radars for communications systems, surveillance and visibility reduction. Such devices will be half the size of their current equivalents and are expected to be widely used.




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