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Dante Zakhidov works on identifying strategic growth opportunities in integrated and quantum photonics at Applied Materials in the Office of the CTO. He is completing a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at Stanford University where he is working to characterize solid state phenomena in two-dimensional materials. He received his B.S. in chemistry from Rice University where he researched and published on carbon nanomaterials.
For many centuries, optical technologies have utilized the same principles and components to bend and manipulate light. Now, another strategy to control light—metasurface optics or flat optics—is moving out of academic labs and heading toward commercial viability.
We are at the beginning of a new technological era for the field of optics. To accelerate the commercialization of Flat Optics, a larger collaborative effort is needed to scale the technology and deliver its full benefits to a wide range of applications.