Optics and photonics are the science and application of light. Specifically, photonics generates, controls and detects particles of light to advance manufacturing, robotics, medical imaging, next- generation displays, defense technologies, biometric security, image processing, communications, astronomy and much more.
Simply put, photonics is addressing and solving the challenges of a modern world. It enhances our quality of life; safeguards our health, safety and security; and drives economic growth, job creation and global competitiveness.
Optics and photonics technologies enhance the quality of life in many areas. Specifically, the NPI focuses on five key technology areas – advanced manufacturing, communications and information technology, defense and national security, energy, and health and medicine.