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The advance of photonics

Photonics Spectra
Jun 2009
Rebecca C. Jernigan,

In a move to better represent its vision, mission and scope, the IEEE Lasers and Electro-Optics Society (LEOS) has decided to incorporate the term “photonics” into its name. The nonprofit organization, which publishes journals, sponsors conferences and supports local initiatives in academia and industry, has been renamed the IEEE Photonics Society. The new designation was decided upon after a survey of the society’s members, who feel that the name better reflects their industries and the technologies they are developing. The society’s Web site is

In addition, a new online periodical titled IEEE Photonics Journal is scheduled to be introduced this summer to complement the group’s existing publications. The journal will be available exclusively online and will offer the benefit of rapid publication on IEEE Xplore. Open-access and multimedia options are available for authors, and submissions are currently being accepted. In recognition of the impact of photonics on many technologies and industries, the IEEE Nanotechnology Council and the societies of Antennas and Propagation, Consumer Electronics, Electron Devices, Engineering in Medicine and Biology, and Nuclear and Plasma Sciences are technically co-sponsoring the journal.

The use of atoms, molecules and molecular-scale structures to enhance existing technology and develop new materials and devices. The goal of this technology is to manipulate atomic and molecular particles to create devices that are thousands of times smaller and faster than those of the current microtechnologies.
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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