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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