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Final Report - SPANS (Single particle nanophotonic switching - bridging electron microscopy and photonics)

Project ID: 16881
Funded under: FP6-IST


This is the final report of the SPANS project. Funded under the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme, SPANS aimed to study optical switching based upon single-particle phase transitions triggered by light or electron beam excitation. Project partners investigated the feasibility of building new types of nanophotonics switches using these principles.

The report outlines the main objective and results of SPANS. These were to provide a mew paradigm for optical data processing with potential impact in telecommunications and computation technologies by large-scale assembly of such switches in new photonic circuits and to develop new techniques to study nanophotonic structures by combining nanophotonics with electron microscopy.

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