Commentary on photonics and the National Academies report
Live from SPIE Photonics West
Photonics Online, 8 February 2013
In August, the National Research Council of the National Academies released its new report, "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation," which updates its 1998 "Harnessing Light" study. It looks at the state of optics, photonics, and optical engineering in the United States, prioritizes research grand-challenge questions to fill technological gaps, and recommends actions to support global leadership in photonics-driven industry, and calls for a National Photonics Initiative.
University of Dayton, 22 October 2012
Paul McManamon, co-chair of the NRC committee who authored "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation," talked about the substantial economic impact of the technologies with a writer at University of Dayton, where McManamon is technical director of the Ladar and Optical Communications Institute (LOCI).
Craig Barrett: How to cultivate an environment for growth in photonics
SPIE Newsroom, 10 September 2012
The former CEO of Intel (a company dependent on optics and photonics) talks about what we should be doing in government and industry to help support growth in the field.
Resources and materials
Video interviews with committee co-chairs and visionaries
Alan Willner, committee cochair, on the Optics + Photonics report (5:06)
Paul McManamon: 'Harnessing Light" study will be just a starting point' (5:52)
Erik Svedberg (NRC) and Larry Goldberg (NSF): Harnessing Light II report aims to chart course for photonics' future (5:52)
Back to more about the National Photonics Initiative
The report on "Optics and Photonics, Essential Technologies for Our Nation" was produced by the National Academies project "Harnessing Light: Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research." The project was supported by funding from DARPA, NSF, NIST, ARO, DOE, AFOSR, NRC, OSA, and SPIE.
SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, has joined other professional societies in the sector in working with the National Research Council to disseminate the report.