Lithium Niobate Crystal (7788237698)
Nearly transparent, this lithium niobate crystal (visible just above the white square section at bottom right of righthand photo) is capable of splitting a beam of photons into two beams of two different colors, an innovation that may help send quantum information through fiber optic cables, one of which is attached to the crystal at its top left corner and extends straight upward to the top of the photo frame.
See also www.nist.gov/itl/math/photon-080812.cfm
Any mention of commercial products within NIST web pages is for information only; it does not imply recommendation or endorsement by NIST.
Use of NIST Information:
These World Wide Web pages are provided as a public service by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). With the exception of material marked as copyrighted, information presented on these pages is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. Use of appropriate byline/photo/image credits is requested.