Australian photonics brings material, lithium niobate, back in vogue

More than 70 years after it was first produced, artificial material lithium niobate is back in fashion and could be harnessed for applications like navigation and farming.

Australian researchers believe they can use the distinct properties of lithium niobate in developing an integrated photonics chip.

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Lead scientists in advancing lithium niobate photonic chips, the University of Adelaide’s Dr Andy Boes and RMIT University’s Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell, spoke with Cosmos about the physics behind their research and its important applications.

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