Photonics North 2021 Brings New Research, Development, and Innovation to Light

MONTREAL, QC – June 3, 2021: Photonics North 2021, one of the world’s most prestigious events for photonics researchers and industry was a huge success. The event, certified by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) was held virtually from May 31-June 2, and drew researchers, innovators, and industry representatives from around the world to discover the latest developments in the photonics space. co-chaired by Gordon Harling, President and CEO of CEO Microsystems and P. Scott Carney, Director of the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics.

Photonics is the science of light. It is the technology of generating, controlling, and detecting light. Photonics underpins technologies of daily life from smartphones and laptops to medical instruments and edge devices on the Internet of Things (IoT). Photonic devices are finally seeing widespread adoption and significant growth through applications in sensing, telecommunications, and even quantum computing. Thanks to advances in high-speed fiber optics and 5G mobile networks, there has never been a better time for research, development, and training in photonics technologies. Photonics North is essential for developing and promoting the ecosystem.

Over 400 participants from across the world gather virtually to push photonics technology to the next level

Photonics North 2021 By the Numbers

  • Over 440 participants
  • 40 countries represented (double that of 2020)
  • Over 320 papers presented (30% increase from 2020)

For Gordon Harling, Co-Chair of Photonics North and President and CEO of CMC Microsystems, “Canada has some of the best, most highly qualified photonics researchers in the world. The international participation in Photonics North 2021 is a clear sign that Canada is a global player in photonics research, development, and industrial applications.”

There is a paradigm shift taking place in technology. New photonics applications are being developed, and many existing technologies are making the shift from electronic, to photonic platforms. This makes the growth potential of the photonics industry immense, gives Canada an opportunity to be global leaders. “The photonics industry is set to grow exponentially, and Canada has the expertise and highly qualified personnel to lead it. CMC has made a proposal to the Government of Canada to accelerate advanced photonics manufacturing and development in Canada. This is an opportunity for Canada to lead an emerging industry while creating future-oriented jobs and a more resilient economy” concluded Harling.

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