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The strategic research agenda of the Technology Platform Photonics21: European component industry for broadband communications and the FP 7
Author(s): Lars Thylén
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Paper Abstract

The design and manufacture of components and systems underpin the European and indeed worldwide photonics industry. Optical materials and photonic components serve as the basis for systems building at different levels of complexity. In most cases, they perform a key function and dictate the performance of these systems. New products and processes will generate economic activity for the European photonics industry into the 21st century. However, progress will rely on Europe's ability to develop new and better materials, components and systems. To achieve success, photonic components and systems must: •be reliable and inexpensive •be generic and adaptable •offer superior functionality •be innovative and protected by Intellectual Property •be aligned to market opportunities The challenge in the short-, medium-, and long-term is to put a coordinating framework in place which will make the European activity in this technology area competitive as compared to those in the US and Asia. In the short term the aim should be to facilitate the vibrant and profitable European photonics industry to further develop its ability to commercialize advances in photonic related technologies. In the medium and longer terms the objective must be to place renewed emphasis on materials research and the design and manufacturing of key components and systems to form the critical link between science endeavour and commercial success. All these general issues are highly relevant for the component intensive broadband communications industry. Also relevant for this development is the convergence of data and telecom, where the low cost of data com meets with the high reliability requirements of telecom. The text below is to a degree taken form the Strategic Research Agenda of the Technology Platform Photonics 21 [1], as this contains a concerted effort to iron out a strategy for EU in the area of photonics components and systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 July 2006
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 6350, Workshop on Optical Components for Broadband Communication, 635002 (6 July 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.693347
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Lars Thylén, Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden)
Kista Photonics Research Ctr. (Sweden)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6350:
Workshop on Optical Components for Broadband Communication
Pierre-Yves Fonjallaz; Thomas P. Pearsall, Editor(s)

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