As we look to intersecting fields with the chemical enterprise,
photonics continues to make enormous strides. Related
fields include optomechanics [interaction of EM radiation and
mechanical vibrations], opto-atomics [in precision time-keeping,
metrology, etc.], and polaritonics [carrier is polariton].
My exposure and, perhaps, many readers is with photochemistry
energy levels and quantum mechanics. With the advent of
lasers, emitting diodes, nonstoichiometric compounds,
nanomaterials and devices, a wider range of materials, devices,
timeframes, meta-structures and forces/particles emerges as
So much of the origin of photonics is silicon based. In addition,
the natural abundance and similarity of silicon to carbon
coordination bring up a question to the curious– what about
silicon and silicon-carbon based evolution?
A recent Science publication highlighted in an article in
points out how bacteria isolated from Iceland’s hot
springs have enzymes that efficiently form C-Si bonds.
This brings us back to some chemistry.
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