Photonics in Europe

Silke Kramprich

Photonics has been offi cially acknowledged as a key enabling technology in Europe. Driven by global trends and growing awareness, Europe is experiencing industry growth and an increase in the number of optical societies and public private partnerships that promote photonics applications.


imageThe Brussels Photonics Team at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Optical scientists and engineers have always known that photonics drives modern applications—and now global governments are recognizing it as well. In late 2009, for example, the European Commission named photonics as one of the European Union's key enabling technologies. The other four include advanced materials, nano- and micro-electronics, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

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