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New Study Aimed at Strengthening Photonics Industry
January 7, 2011

The photonics R&D community has the opportunity to have a say in the direction of a new study aimed at strengthening the industry, via an open forum at SPIE Photonics West in San Francisco this month.

Erik Svedberg, Senior Program Officer with the U.S. National Academies, and Eugene Arthurs, SPIE CEO, will moderate the “Future of Photonics” panel to gather industry input for an updated version of the 1998 report Harnessing Light, produced by the National Academies and its operating arm, the National Research Council.

Among the issues, Svedberg said, the study committee will need to consider the infusion of photonics-related technologies into mass-market applications, and how to economically and appropriately harness the necessary multifunctional manufacturing capabilities.

The finished study would be used to inform industry plans and government policy by providing a unique community view of the future directions for photonics science and technology and for market trends.

Along with SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, a new Harnessing Light study is being supported by the IEEE Photonics Society and the Optical Society (OSA).

The “Future of Photonics” forum will be held 27th January, 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. at the Moscone Center. There is no charge, but attendees must obtain entry badges at the Photonics West registration desk.

Arthurs noted that, “irrespective of the economic conditions, optical science and engineering is headed toward another strong growth period, driven by developments in advanced materials, solid state lighting, solar technologies, sensors, lasers, imaging, fiber-optic communications, digital photography, diagnostic medicine, computing/processing, and consumer displays and TVs.”

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