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3. Guiding Light with Nanowires

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Harvard physicist Eric Mazur explores reflection, refraction, fiber optics and the potential uses of nanowires to guide light for future computing and information technologies. 22 min.

Scene/Concept Outline

1. Opening
2. Introduction
3. The Nanoscale and Nanotechnology
4. Guiding Light
5. Using Materials to Bend Light
6. How do Materials Bend Light?
7. The Perfect Mirror: Total Internal Reflection
8. Interlude: A Fish-Eye View
9. Total Internal Reflection for Telecommunications
10. Why Make Thinner Fibers?
11. Can Optics Replace Electronics?
12. Accidental Discovery: Pulling Thinner Fibers
13. Scaling Down: Micro to Nano
14. How Nanowires Guide Light
15. Why is Smaller Better?
16. End Credit