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Disorder is the new order

Pure, perfectly regular crystals were believed to be essential for the efficient operation of nonlinear optical devices. Surprisingly, it now seems that disordered materials might actually perform better.

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Figure 1: Phase matching.

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Skipetrov, S. Disorder is the new order. Nature 432, 285–286 (2004). https://doi.org/10.1038/432285a

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