Monday, September 21, 2009

US Patent 7589880 - Manipulating light using coaxial nanoscale optics

This patent from Boston College discloses an array of nanoscale coaxial structures to manipulate light energy for improving the efficiency of solar cells or optical devices. Claim 1 reads:

1. A coaxial nanoscale optics apparatus for manipulating light comprising:

a plurality of nanoscale coaxial structures each comprising an electrically conducting core contacting a dielectric material which is coated with an outer electrical conductor layer; and

a substrate supporting the plurality of nanoscale coaxial structures.