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After a two-year process involving workshops, symposia and interviews with experts, the project Merging Optics and Nanotechnologies (MONA), which was launched in June 2005 and is funded by the European Commission within its 6th Framework Program (FP6), has released the ‘European Roadmap for Photonics and Nanotechnologies’. This identifies potential synergies between photonics/nanophotonics and nanomaterials/nanotechnologies.
More than 300 professionals in industry and academia contributed to the content of the MONA Roadmap, including the following MONA members: project leader CEA LETI plus Alcatel-Thales III-V Lab, market research firm Yole Developpement, and Paris-based network Optics Valley and the European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) of France; epitaxial deposition equipment maker Aixtron AG, glass-maker Schott AG and research organization VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH (VDI TZ) of Germany; process equipment maker ASM-International of The Netherlands; independent research institute IMEC of Belgium; and contract R&D firm Acreo AB of Sweden.
The roadmap’s main component is identification of the highest-priority economic growth areas, taking into account market size, market growth, and the positioning of European industry and research in these areas.
The roadmap’s three principal objectives are to:
Key nanomaterials identified as having the strongest impact for nanophotonics include: quantum dots and wires in silicon, III-V and II-VI materials; and high-index-contrast silicon and III-V nanostructures.
The roadmap also identifies key devices for major applications, and makes corresponding recommendations, including:
MONA says that its roadmap has been developed in the context of worldwide contributions and competition, with strategic cooperation with roadmapping activities in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the USA ensuring its overall relevance. It is intended to serve as an informed input to research funding decisions for future EC FP7 work programs. In particular, the results can be used to build upcoming strategic research agendas for both nanomaterials and photonics.
Interested parties are encouraged to distribute the document, which is available at the web address below. The roadmap will be updated regularly through the web-site, allowing the nanophotonics community to stay informed on the research and industrial evolution of nanophotonics.