Harnessing Light

The U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Harnessing Light Committee has released a landmark report discussing the current state of optical sciences and goals for the future – Optics & Photonics: Essential Technologies for Our Nation.


The NAS study, which is a follow up to the Harnessing Light report published in 1998, identifies the technological and economic opportunities the science has enabled, assesses trends in market needs, gives examples of where progress in photonics innovation has translated into economic benefits, and makes recommendations for future research and policies that are intended to advance the optics and photonics discipline.

The document can be downloaded as a pdf here.