A Day Without Photonics
Why all the hoopla about light, lasers, optics and photonics? Why does light and our relatively recent capacity to make it do what we want it to do matter so much? Why is “Waves and their applications in technologies for information transfer” one of the relatively few content areas defined in the Next Generation Science Standards? Because our understanding of light and waves is the foundation for the technology behind so many of the 21st century essentials: cell phones, data storage, medical imaging, just to name a few. Check out this humorous and telling video by SPIE about the horror of imagining just a single day without photonics or the modern conveniences it makes possible!