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Friday18 August 2017

What are Optics and Photonics?

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OPTICS AND PHOTONICS ARE SPECIALIZED FIELDS OF PHYSICS AND ENGINEERING

From fiber optics and telecommunications to medical imaging and cancer research, optics and photonics are advancing today's critical technologies. Based on the science of light, optics and photonics are specialized fields of physics and engineering. These technologies are prevalent in almost every aspect of day-to-day life.

From your computer screen to your cell phone and car headlights, optics and photonics are critical technologies that will continue to grow and enhance people's lives.

OPTICS AND PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGIES ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE IN MANY AREAS

Medicine and Health

Optics and photonics are utilized in numerous medical devices that help to save lives. Imaging equipment used for CAT, MRI and PET scans, as well as mammography, aid in the diagnosis of disease.

Defense and Homeland Security

Science and engineering research is the basis for many of the technologies currently being deployed to prevent and detect chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and conventional terrorist attacks, as well as treat victims.

Telecommunications

Fiber optics connect the world through high-speed communications. In fact, the World Wide Web was developed by optics researchers. Today's optics research is bringing higher-speed communications to our homes via fiber technology − enabling advanced data transmissions, like video streaming, and other broadband applications.

Consumer Technologies

Many of today's "must-have" technologies such as digital cameras, high definition TVs and PDAs, were developed through optics and photonics research. Further research is expected to yield even more consumer products designed to enhance quality of life.

OPTICS AND PHOTONICS TECHNOLOGIES IN ERMES PROJECT

In the field of Telecommunications, ERMES project aims at bringing disruptive photonic technologies - that offer a potential for breakthrough advances in performance and cost reduction - from the research lab closer to application.

Our researchers will develop a laboratory prototype operating at 10 Gb/s, which will be essential to support the development of broadband applications and services in terms of cost reduction and achievable performance (high quality, high speed and long distance).

The ERMES prototype will enable a faster transmission of large amounts of data over long distances, enforcing European industrial leadership in the access arena, whose development in terms of capillarity and bandwidth has major social and economical fallouts. In a broader sense thus, ERMES will have a societal impact by contributing to support the data traffics needed for new applications for activities such as education, sustainable health and e-government.

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