The Program at Photonics West covered 4 key issues:
The objective of this workshop is to discuss and improve a draft version of the Nanophotonics-Roadmap that the MONA consortium has prepared. The following Nanophotonics application areas are covered in the Roadmap: Optical Innterconnects, Datacoms/Telecoms, Lighting, Data Storage, Imaging, Sensors, Displays, Photovoltaics, Instrumentation/Metrology. Participants are expected to actively contribute to the working groups and provide feedback on the Roadmap. Each working group is moderated by a MONA-partner.>> Browse agenda and documents
Nanotechnology can be everywhere. It is in car tyres, in tooth paste, in sun cream, in tennis rackets and tennis balls, in shirts and trousers, in CD players and even in surfaces of bath tubes, toilets and wash basins. With new properties such as smaller, lighter, faster, cheaper, water, dirt and stain resistance which enhance consumer goods. Are these products signs for the takeoff into the nanofuture, as many experts foretell? Are they first steps towards ‘nanorobots’ and ‘matter compilers’, towards a world with eternal life and inexhaustible resources?>> Download document
Toward Further Growth by Evolutionary Technologies and Progressive Developments in an Advancing Borderless Society>> Download document
MONA workshop on materials, equipment and applications of nanophotonics was held Friday 7 April 2006, Room Tivoli 1, Palais de la Musique et des Congrès, Strasbourg, France
This workshop was collocated with SPIE Photonics Europe Conference. The goal was to identify the key issues related to nanophotonic devices at industrial scale. It will gather experts from nanoscale materials, equipment and processes as well as applications and devices.
The name of the project MONA is the acronym for “Merging Optics and Nanotechnologies”. The final goal of this project is to establish a roadmap for photonics and nanotechnologies, considering technologies, fabrications processes, applications as well as research needs for the future. Correspondingly this project is concerned with the following questions: How will the field of optics be affected by the emergence of various nanotechnologies? Which opportunities for optics arise from nanotechnology? How will the processes and the equipment, the materials and the technologies change with nanotechnologies entering the production process in photonics? What are the key issues related to the fabrication of nanophotonic devices?
The goal of this report is to set the starting point of the project MONA regarding its content. The report serves to provide a joint frame of reference for the subsequent work packages. In order to set this frame, we first need descriptions of both optics and nanotechnology. For the purpose of this report we will follow the definition of optics as given in the report “Harnessing Light”: “Optics is the field of science and engineering encompassing the physical phenomena and technologies associated with the generation, transmission, manipulation, detection, and utilization of light.>> Download the document
Nanotechnologies are being spoken of as the driving force behind a new industrial revolution. Both privateand public-sector spending are constantly increasing. Spending on public research has reached levels of well over EUR 3 billion world-wide, but private sector spending is even faster—it is expected to exceed government spending in 2005. Nanotechnologies will be a major technological force for change in shaping Allianz’s business environment across all industrial sectors in the foreseeable future and are likely to deliver substantial growth opportunities. The size of the market for nanotechnology products is already comparable to the biotechnology sector, while the expected growth rates over the next few years are far higher. At the same time, scientists have raised concerns that the basic building blocks of nanotechnologies—particles smaller than one billionth of a meter—pose a potential new class of risk to health and the environment. Allianz calls for a precautionary approach based on risk research and good risk management to minimize the likelihood of nanoparticles bringing a new dimension to personal injury and property damage losses or posing third party liability and product-recall risks.
The Allianz Center for Technology and Allianz Global Risks, in co-operation with the OECD International Futures Programme, has reviewed the likely economic impact, investment possibilities, and potential risks of nanotechnologies. This report analyses the opportunities and risks from the perspective of the Allianz Group. The opinions expressed in this report are those of the Allianz Group and do not engage the OECD or its Member governments.