||Woohong (Rick) Kim, Shyam Bayya, Jesse Frantz, Brandon Shaw, Colin Baker, Vinh Nguyen, Darryl Boyd, Dan Gibson, Dan Rhonehouse, Adam Floyd, Joshua Gild, Lynda Busse, Rafael Gattass, Bryan Sadowski, Fred Kung, Geoff Chin, Tony Zhou, Robert Nicol, Jasbinder Sanghera
We highlight our recent progress in the development of optical materials and devices. Although the main topic of this presentation focuses on the development of transparent ceramics, progress on the development of other types of materials such as chalcogenide glasses, polymers and organic/inorganic hybrid materials are also discussed. Since specialty optical materials possess high refractive indices, they will also exhibit high Fresnel reflection losses. Consequently, we present results on optics with antireflective surface structures (ARSS), which unlike traditional anti-reflection coatings, are fabricated directly onto the surface of various optic. Very low reflection losses have been measured for various optics with ARSS. Furthermore, these structures can be chemically modified to impart superhydrophobic character to the surface that is very important for various applications.