- Photonics Society Formed in Poland
Representing an evolution of the SPIE Poland chapter, the Photonics Society of Poland, based in Warsaw, has been launched to serve the needs of the Polish optics and photonics communities. Chapter members voted to transform their organization into the society in October 2007. The registration process was finalized with government approval in March 2008. The society has begun integrating activities with the Committee on Electronics and Telecommunication of the Polish Academy of Sciences, also in Warsaw, as well as with an optoelectronics organization. The group held an inaugural symposium in May 2008 at Warsaw University of Technology.
- A sub-field of photonics that pertains to an electronic device that responds to optical power, emits or modifies optical radiation, or utilizes optical radiation for its internal operation. Any device that functions as an electrical-to-optical or optical-to-electrical transducer. Electro-optic often is used erroneously as a synonym.
- 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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