Nanophotonics - the control of the flow of light on the nanoscale - had immense impact on technology in recent years, with example spanning from solar cells and LEDs to the telecommunication industry.
We will discuss the prospects of nanophotonics for the development of future scintillators.
In particular, I will focus on two recent experiments:
1. At MIT, we observed a ten-fold enhancement by a nanophotonic surface-patterned scintillator.
2. At Technion, we observed a 30-50% enhancement of scintillation lifetime, directionality, and efficiency, by a nanophotonic multi-layered scintillator.
I will conclude with recent ideas that utilize new concepts from quantum optics for advancements in scintillator science.