Photonics TechBRIEFING Archive

Photonics TechBRIEFING

8 December 2011, 14:00-15:30                                                                                        
SEMI Europe                                                                                                                             
Rue Joseph II, 20, 1000 Brussels

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Photonics, the technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy, is one of the six Key Enabling Technologies (KET) identified by the European Commission as playing a vital role in developing the required technological and industrial base crucial for the delivery of smart, sustainable and inclusive European growth.

Photonics is pervasive in our everyday lives. We use photonic technologies to light up our homes, to produce renewable energy from the sun, to surf the internet and make telephone calls, to provide early medical diagnosis and treatments, to provide clean and efficient manufacture of a great number of everyday products, as well as to provide reliable security systems to protect us as we travel.

In 2008 the global photonics market was € 270 billion. In Europe, more than 5000 companies are involved in photonics, most of them SMEs. Europe has particularly strong positions in solar electricity generation, industrial laser technologies, information and communications technology (ICT), biophotonics and lighting.

Tom Pearsall, Secretary General of EPIC (European Photonics Industry Consortium) will make a 45 minutes presentation on the technology, applications, and markets. After that a 45 minutes Q&A session will give the attendees the opportunity to interact with the speaker and other participants.

- Read more about KETs in the 2011 Final Report of the European Commission
- Read more about Draft for HLG-KET Sherpa Group, Interim Thematic Report, Photonics – a Key  Enabling Technology for Europe

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Speaker Information




Tom Pearsall graduated from Dartmouth College in 1968 and earned a Master’s degree at the University of London in 1970 and a Ph. D. in Applied Physics from Cornell University in1973. Following his degree work, he worked at Bell Laboratories Thomson CSF, and Corning. He is a pioneer developer of InGaAsP and the inventor of the InGaAs photodetector.  He has also worked on Si-Ge materials and devices, making the first transistors and detectors from these materials.
In 1990, Pearsall was named the first Boeing-Johnson chair of semiconductor technology at the University of Washington. In 1996 Pearsall was named Fulbright Senior Scholar at the CNRS/Max-Planck-Institut in Grenoble, France. From 1998 to 2002, he directed research on planar photonic crystals at Corning in Fontainebleau, France.
In 2003, Pearsall started EPIC, The European Photonics Industry Consortium.  EPIC has 80 members located in 16 countries of the European Union. EPIC has been a major contributor to the launch and the development of the European Technology Platform Photonics21. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and a Fellow of the IEEE. He is the author of over 200 scientific publications, 18 patents and several books, including Photonic Essentials, published by McGraw-Hill.

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