Rare earth elements are garnering global media attention due to their potential role in clean energy technologies. But these elements-which have enabled spectacular innovations in optics over the past decades-are now subject to unprecedented price shocks due to uncertainty around future supply. What does this mean for the optics community?
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(020.0020) Atomic and molecular physics : Atomic and molecular physics
(060.0060) Fiber optics and optical communications : Fiber optics and optical communications
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(160.0160) Materials : Materials
Marcius Extavour, "Rare Earth Elements: High Demand, Uncertain Supply," Optics & Photonics News 22(7), 40-46 (2011)
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