The Photonics topic addresses the research and development of new materials, devices, components, and systems that have the potential for revolutionary change in the optics and photonics industries. Photonic technologies can include anything generally operating in or using photons in the electromagnetic spectrum from gamma rays down to long radio waves. Examples include lasers, various light emitting diode technologies (LED, OLED, QLED), radiation detectors, photonic integrated circuits, optical systems, and novel communications technologies.
PH1. Advanced Metrology and Sensors
PH2. Advanced Optical Components and Systems
PH3. Communications, Information, and Data Storage
PH4. Lighting and Displays
PH5. Photon-based Energy Conversion
PH6. Photonic Materials
PH7. Other Photonics Technologies
Solar power for smartphones and buildings
Ever wish you could charge your device by letting it sunbathe? An NSF-funded company, Ubiquitous Energy, is developing transparent solar technology that could be used on smartphones and buildings.
To learn more visit: http://ubiquitous.energy/