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Photonics for the 21st Century, Consolidated European Photonics Research Initiative

Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

Photonics is one of the most important key technologies for markets in the 21st century. It influences all aspects of our lives and is essential to Europe's industrial competitiveness. The photonics industry plays a vital role in securing leadership in areas such as information and communication, lighting, manufacturing, security or life science and health. Photonics is a driver for technological innovation and has tremendous leverage for creating products that multiply the value of initial photonics components and technologies many times over. Photonic technologies have already revolutionised the worldwide exchange of information and data flow by forming the technological backbone of the World Wide Web. Because photonics technologies are at work, we are now benefiting from the convergence of an industrial society with the information society and dynamic growth due to their synergies.
Our entry into the "photon century" requires a shared European initiative that enables industry and research to uphold their outstanding initiatives to explore the nearly limitless future applications of light and to reap the expected benefits in terms of creating both jobs and wealth. Many important European industries, from chip manufacturing and lighting, health care and life-sciences, to space, defence and the transport and automotive sector rely on the same fundamental mastery of light. Without strong European leadership in photonics technologies, these industries will be left vulnerable to strong competition from the USA and Asia.

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