Fans of the science and industry of photonics are joiners, not loners. Usually because of the influence of one or two giants of industry or renowned academic institutions, clusters of like-minded enterprises sprout like mushrooms over particular geographical regions. Here we present the largest, best-represented areas of photonics expertise – judged mainly by the sheer number of contributing companies and institutions within a definable region.
Optics Valley France
Members include: Renaud Lasers, Acces Vision, Thales Optronique.
KAPID – Korea Association for Photonics Industry Development
Serves: South Korea
Members include: 3i, Coset Inc., Symphony Energy Co.
Arizona Optics Industry Association
Serves: Arizona’s “Optics Valley”
Members include: Lowell Observatory, Zygo Corp., Kyocera Solar, NP Photonics Inc.
POPsud – OPTITEC
Serves: Southern France
Members include: Cilas, Horiba, Centre de Physique Théorique de l’Ecole Polytechnique
Optoelectronics Industry and Technology Development Association (OITDA)
Members include: Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd., Toshiba Corp., NEC Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Ontario Photonics Industry Network (inactive)
Served: Ontario province in Canada
Members included: University of Ottawa Centre for Research in Photonics, Optiwave Systems Inc., Group IV Semiconductor.
NB: Although the OPIN suspended operations recently, its 110+ member companies and institutions remain vital to the region.
Optical Valley of China
Members include: Yangtze Optical Fibre and Cable Co. Ltd., Huagong Laser Engineering Co. Ltd., HuaZhong University of Science and Technology.
South of England Photonics Network (SEPNET)
Headquarters: Southampton, England
Serves: Southern UK
Founded: 1999; shuttered in 2001; restarted in 2007
Members include: Fianium Ltd., Bentham Instruments Ltd.
New York Photonics Industry Association
Serves: New York – includes Rochester Regional Photonics Group
Members include: Bristol Instruments Inc., Cornell University Center for Materials Research, G-S Plastic Optics, Universal Photonics Inc.
Serves: Berlin-Brandenburg region of Germany
Members include: Bruker Nano GmbH, Holoeye Photonics AG, Optronik Berlin GmbH, TEC Microsystems AG.
Honorable mentions: Taipei, Taiwan; Singapore; Thuringia, Germany; Scotland; Switzerland; the Aquitaine region of France; and the Bavaria region in Germany.