The Hyderabad Chapter of Photonics Society of the IEEE has been launched.

The Director, Research Centre Imarat, G. Sateesh Reddy, who is also the founder Vice-President of Sensors Research Society, India formally inaugurated it at a function at the IIIT here.

In his inaugural address at a one-day workshop, Satheesh Reddy said, “Integrated photonics and nano-photonics are predicted to be an enabling technology for many sectors like communications, security, life sciences, health.”

The Registrar, IIIT and Atul Negi, Chairman IEEE (Hyderabad), were present. Chris Emslie, CEO, Fiber Core Ltd, UK, delivered the keynote address at the workshop on photonics and lasers, organised on the occasion.

The workshop on Tuesday saw participants from defence laboratories, major Industries and academia both from India and abroad.

The potential economic impact of Photonics technologies in the future is considerable, and a number of industrial organisations have predicted growth rates of up to 25 per cent with total markets of hundreds of billions of dollars.

The Opto Electronic Industry Development Association estimates that photonics industry is worth $40 billion.

somasekhar.m@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on June 19, 2013)
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