- Published on 08 February 2023
Guest editors: L. Cifarelli, F. Noferini, G. C. Righini
The celebration of the International Year of Glass in 2022 is at the origin of this Focus Point. Glass is a complex material with unique properties, that make it ubiquitous and indispensable in everyday life. Natural glass exists on the Earth since millions of years. The discovery of how to make glass was probably made towards the end of the third millennium B.C. From then on, in a way that at times has had something magic, glass objects have been an important part of human life and in the last centuries they have also been essential for the development of modern science. Microscopy, astronomy and, more recently, particle physics, data communications and optoelectronics are examples of academic and industrial research fields whose progress has been made possible thanks to the availability of special glasses. In this Focus Point, various different aspects in the development and use of glass will be addressed.
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