The Photonics (a new area of science and technology, located at the junction of two classical areas: optics and electronics)
is inscribed in the priority areas of science and technology by many leading countries with highly developed technology (US, UK, South Korea, the European Union). The photonics is highlighted as one of the priorities in these countries. In the EU the photonics is named as one of six key technologies with investments of € 7 billion. in a program for research and innovation «Horizon 2020: Photonics – the engine of economic growth in Europe.” Furthermore, 2015 was declared like “International Year of light and light technologies” at the meeting of 68 of the General Assembly of the United Nations, 20 December 2013.
Photonics successfully developed as a business: thousands of high-tech worlwide companies are operating in this sector. The global market for photonics is estimated at € 350 billion., and it is expected to reach € 600 billion by 2020. According to the American OIDA Commission on the basis of photonics products will account for over 35% of all consumer technology products.
Photonics well as extremely important for the solution of many social and technical problems – high-speed information transfer, development of energy and its efficient use, ensuring healthy living standards, security and others. The volume of production of photonics in Europe is growing at an average rate of 8 % per year, this industry has great potential in the global market.
In 2013, the Russian government approved a road map “Development of Optoelectronic Technology (photonics).” Implementation of the “road map” is going to accelerate the development of photonics as a high-tech industry.
The priority areas of research within the Skoltech photonics technologies are including:
In the summer of 2014 Skoltech initiated a forming the consortium in the field of quantum materials, jointly with the ITMO University (St. Petersburg), Novosibirsk State University and supported by the industrial partner “Research Institute “Cyclone”(in the structure of OJSC” Russian electronics “). This consortium received a grant from the Federal budget as part of the Federal Target Program “Research and development in priority areas of scientific and technological complex of Russia for 2014-2020″ for the next 3 years which was announced on September 15, 2014.
The title of the project :“The development of new materials and quantum photonic devices based on them”.
The project will be implemented by the Center for Photonics & Quantum Materials jointly with the project partners.