Preface

Nikolaos A. Vainos

Laser-induced photorefractivity discovered and studied in the late 1970s was the prelude to emerging laser-based materials growth and device processing technologies in photonics. Tailoring the refractive index of optical media by intense short wavelength laser radiation paved the way for periodic Bragg structures used as selective reflectors, optical fibre filters and sensor devices, all available today as off-the-shelf components for industry and telecoms. These prime developments have been followed by a rich portfolio of science and technology, with thousands of scientific articles and a plethora of patents addressing materials fundamentals and technical solutions to long-standing industrial problems. Novel materials ...

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