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Public/Private Partnerships Help Photonics Prosper

Posted October 03, 2015 12:00 AM by Engineering360 eNewsletter

If you want demonstration of the value of public/private technology projects, look no further than the final report of the Integrated Disruptive Components for 2 ┬Ám Fiber Lasers (ISLA) project. The European program focused on the advancement of components and subsystems for this key class of industrial lasers. Developments include high-efficiency specialty fibers plus application-specific components such as amplitude modulators, tunable filters, and high-power pump lasers to be combined in a 0.5 kW system. Meanwhile, hoping for similar results, a 124 member consortium will invest more than $610 million in public/private funds to launch the Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Integrated Photonics in Rochester, NY.


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