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Photonics Spectra
Oct 2010
Ten European silicon photonics research teams have formed the European Silicon Photonics Cluster, aimed at speeding the transfer of knowledge and technology to the European electronics industry. The teams will coordinate efforts to raise awareness of the potential of silicon photonics among chip foundries, end users and startups; disseminate the results of their projects broadly; and train young scientists, engineers and researchers in the field. They also will submit articles to industry publications, organize a silicon photonics workshop in 2011 and cooperate on training programs.

That branch of science involved in the study and utilization of the motion, emissions and behaviors of currents of electrical energy flowing through gases, vacuums, semiconductors and conductors, not to be confused with electrics, which deals primarily with the conduction of large currents of electricity through metals.
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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