Deadlocks in Conventional Optical Science and Technology
The present chapter starts by reviewing the history of optics in Sect. 1.1. Then Sect. 1.2 describes early progress in photonics, i.e., applications of lasers to optical disk memory, optical fiber communication, and optical microfabrication. Finally, Sect. 1.3 shows how progress in photonics reached a deadlock due to the diffraction of light.
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