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nanotimes
10-01 :: January 2010
Research
nano tech 2010 in Tokyo //
Fraunhofer Researchers Present Their Nanotechnology
A
mystical glow emanates from the display case. “ORMOCER
®
s are an ideal material for the produc-
A white light appears out of nowhere. And a tion of microoptics,” concludes the researcher. “They
light source is invisible – at least at first glance. Only are not only superior light conductors, but are also
upon close examination does the source of the ap- easy to process – not as brittle as glass, and not as
parently supernatural illumination become visible: a pliant as polymers.”
light diode, smaller than a pinhead, passes through
thousands of infinitesimal lens structures measuring In fact, ORMOCER
®
s are a hybrid of inorganic
only a few hundred nanometers, et voilà: beaming and organic components that are networked at the
white light. molecular level. This material makes it possible to
realize things inconceivable even a couple of ye-
“For a long time, producing white light with no ars ago: Ultra-flat and ultra-small optics for micro-
peripheral color effects was an almost unsolvable cameras or beamers that fit into a pants pocket. The
technical problem,” explains Dr. Michael Popall of design of the new ORMOCER
®
optics, incidentally,
the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC was developed by experts at the Fraunhofer Insti-
in Wurzburg. “White light is produced by mixing the tute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering
complementary colors red, green and blue. Undesi- IOF in Jena.
rable refraction occurs with conventional beamer
technology, resulting in colored streaks on the peri- Popall: “Thanks to close collaboration among che-
phery of the projection.” mists at ISC and the physicists and engineers at IOF,
we have succeeded in developing ORMOCER
®

This technology – which researchers will present tandem arrays with two-sided and symmetrically
from February 17 to 19 at nano tech 2010 in Tokyo, arranged micro-lens configurations, which allow the
Hall 3.03 Booth F-14-1 – delivers not only brilliant light from light diodes to be projected with pinpoint
color, but also pure white: “The tiniest of red, blue accuracy and without refraction errors.” The new
and green light diodes on the most condensed technology has meanwhile reached the verge of mar-
space produce the light, which is then bundled ket introduction.
and homogenized by the nano-structured ORMO-
CER
®
optics,” illustrates Popall, who was deeply Nanotechnology not only puts an entirely new
involved in the development of the material. dimension before the eye, it also makes audible
things that no ear could ever perceive before: like
changes in temperature. A new varnish developed
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