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  • University Establishes Nanotech Research Center

Photonics Spectra
Nov 2006
The University of Colorado at Boulder has received a grant from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to establish a nanotechnology research center, which will be known as the DARPA Focus Center on Nanoscale Science and Technology for Integrated Micro/Nano-Electromechanical Transducers. Hosted by the university’s department of mechanical engineering, the center has garnered $1.53 million for its first-year expenditures through the grant, industrial sponsorships, and matching support from the university and the National Institute of Standards and Technology, based in Gaithersburg, Md.

Students, faculty and postdoctoral researchers from the university, the institute, and Columbia and Northwestern universities will be involved in investigative projects.

The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
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