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EU Photonics, Nano Map Drawn
Feb 2008
GRENOBLE, France, Feb. 7, 2008 --

The consortium MONA (Merging Optics and Nanotechnologies) has published a European Roadmap for Photonics and Nanotechnologies, which provides insight into the future of materials, equipment, processes and applications. The MONA project was launched in 2005 by the European Commission in order to bridge the gap between photonics and nanotechnologies, according to its Web site.

Almost 300 people from industry and academia were involved in the construction of the roadmap, the outcome of a two-year project. Project leaders included: CEA Leti (Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the French Atomic Energy Commission) in Grenoble, Switzerland; Acreo AB; Aixtron AG; Alcatel-Thales III-V LAB; ASM-International; the European Photonics Industry Consortium; IMEC, an independent European, Belgium-based research center in nanoelectronics and nanotechnology; Opticsvalley, an optics, electronics and software engineering network in the Paris region; Schott AG; VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH; and Yole Développement, a microelectromechanical systems market research and business development consulting company based in France.

The roadmaps identifies  highest-priority economic growth areas, taking into account market size, market growth and the positioning of European industry and research in these areas, MONA said. Topics include applications, nanomaterial challenges and impact, important nanophotonic devices, recommendations for European science and industry, roadmap methodology, and  10-year outlooks for nanomaterials, equipment and processes, and applications and related markets.

The document also identifies potential synergies between photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies, MONA said. "The challenge of mastering nanoelectronics and nanophotonics science and technologies at an industrial scale is of utmost strategic importance for the competitiveness of the European industry in a global context.

"Photonics and nanotechnologies are highly multidisciplinary fields and two of the principal enabling technologies for the 21st century," MONA said. "They are key technology drivers for industry sectors such as information technologies, communication, biotechnologies, transport and manufacturing. Photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies can benefit from each other in terms of new functions, materials, fabrication processes and applications."

The group's objectives are to:

  • develop a consensus on the development of research, technologies and innovation in the areas of photonics and nanotechnologies.
  • promote a timely worldwide exchange on scientific results, market development perspectives, and technology trends related to photonics and nanotechnologies.
  • contribute to the deployment of resources at the regional, national and European levels for the development of photonics and nanotechnologies
The document can be downloaded free at:

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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