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Photonics Consortium Awards Granted to 5 Schools

Photonics.com
Nov 2007
The Carolinas Photonics Consortium (CPC) has selected five proposals for seed funding aimed at commercializing photonics-based technologies. Each winning proposal will receive $10,000 plus support from a technology, entrepreneurship and commercialization initiative at North Carolina State University’s College of Management. The winning proposals are from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Mike Fiddy), “Sub-Wavelength Optical Scalpel” (novel optical designs can lead to smaller spot sizes for delivery of power for high-precision surgical or industrial needs); Western Carolina University (Pat Gardner), "Interferometric Imaging and Rapid Prototyping of Podiatric Arch Supports” (two optical technologies for customized orthopedic devices); Clemson University (Phil Brown), "Light Emissive Nanocomposite Fiber” (incorporating specific nanoparticles into unique fiber structures with optical properties that could have applications in textile authentication and security system products); Duke University (Quincy Brown), “Illuminus” (a plan to develop a noninvasive and quick optical spectroscopy of potentially cancerous breast tissue); and North Carolina State University (Mark Johnson), “Integrated Cooling Device for High-Power Semiconductor Lasers”(removing heat from semiconductors to reduce inefficiencies and costs of manufacturing LEDs).


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photonics
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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