Photonics offers a wide spectrum of benefits

Examples of applications and technologies that photonics research has contributed to

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  • New imaging and analysis techniques for biomedicine
  • Safer, simpler medical treatments and diagnoses
  • Higher resolution microscopes and telescopes
  • Laser eye surgery
  • Accurate measurement
  • Secure banknotes and credit cards
  • Laser welding
  • Fast telecommunications and the internet
  • Flat panel TVs, computer and mobile phone displays
  • Better cameras
  • Cheaper, more efficient light sources
  • Solar cells
  • CD and DVD development
  • Improved national security and defence
  • Chemical and biological sensors
  • Improved environmental and climate monitoring
  • Power transmission