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Title Optics and photonics : essential technologies for our nation / Committee on Harnessing Light, Capitalizing on Optical Science Trends and Challenges for Future Research, National Materials and Manufacturing Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies.

Published Washington, District of Columbia : National Academies Press, [2013]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (359 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Introduction -- Impact of photonics on the national economy -- Communications, information processing, and data storage -- Defense and national security -- Energy -- Health and medicine -- Advanced manufacturing -- Advanced photonic measurements and applications -- Strategic materials for optics -- Displays.
Summary Optics and photonics technologies are ubiquitous: they are responsible for the displays on smart phones and computing devices, optical fiber that carries the information in the internet, advanced precision manufacturing, enhanced defense capabilities, and a plethora of medical diagnostics tools. The opportunities arising from optics and photonics offer the potential for even greater societal impact in the next few decades, including solar power generation and new efficient lighting that could transform the nation's energy landscape and new optical capabilities that will be essential to support the continued exponential growth of the Internet. As described in the National Research Council report Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation, it is critical for the United States to take advantage of these emerging optical technologies for creating new industries and generating job growth. The report assesses the current state of optical science and engineering in the United States and abroad--including market trends, workforce needs, and the impact of photonics on the national economy. It identifies the technological opportunities that have arisen from recent advances in, and applications of, optical science and engineering. The report also calls for improved management of U.S. public and private research and development resources, emphasizing the need for public policy that encourages adoption of a portfolio approach to investing in the wide and diverse opportunities now available within photonics. Optics and Photonics: Essential Technologies for our Nation is a useful overview not only for policymakers, such as decision-makers at relevant Federal agencies on the current state of optics and photonics research and applications but also for individuals seeking a broad understanding of the fields of optics and photonics in many arenas.-- Publisher's description.
Notes Description based on print version record.
Local Note Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, MI : ProQuest, 2015. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest affiliated libraries.
Other author National Research Council (U.S.). National Materials and Manufacturing Board, issuing body.
National Research Council (U.S.). Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, issuing body.
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Harnessing Light, issuing body.
Subject Optics -- Research -- United States.
Optics -- United States -- Technology.
Photonics -- Research -- United States.
Photonics -- Technology.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9780309263771 (pbk.)
0309263778 (pbk.)
9780309263788 (e-book)