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SPIE Leaders Seek Support for a National Photonics Initiative
Date:12/27/2012

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  • Many important early U.S. innovations in photonics relied on R&D performed in large industrial laboratories and benefited as well from defense-related R&D and procurement spending.
  • A National Photonics Initiative would identify critical technical priorities for long-term federal R&D funding, and offer a basis for coordinating federal spending across agencies.
  • A National Photonics Initiative could provide matching funds for industry-led research consortia (users, producers, and material and equipment suppliers) focused on specific applications such as photonics integrated circuits for next-generation computing, and advanced 3D manufacturing.
  • Education plays a critically important role in ensuring a vibrant future in the fields of optics and photonics.

Other societies joining with SPIE in the ad hoc committee are the OSA (Optical Society), IEEE Photonics Society, American Physical Society, and the Laser Institute of America. OSA, SPIE, and the IEEE Photonics Society have also committed funds to support committee efforts.

The report was supported by funding from DARPA (Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency), NSF, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), Army Research Office, Department of Energy, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, NRC, OSA, and SPIE.

About SPIE

SPIE is the international society for optics and photonics, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1955 to advance light-based technologies. The Society serves nearly 225,000 constituents from approximately 150 countries, offering conferences, continuing education, books, journals, and a digital library in support of interdisciplinary information exchange, professional growth, and patent precedent. SPIE provided over $2.7 million in support of education and outreach programs in 2011.

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