The power of photonics
Photonic circuits use light as a ‘moving particle’, just as ordinary electronic circuits and chips use electrons. Light offers a great many advantages in terms of speed and performance – simply ask the datacenters that are already busy using photonic circuits and components for transmitting data more quickly from one data rack to another. Manufacturers of the latest generations of microprocessors and memory chips also use photonics to make their solutions more powerful.
Subject to making a small adjustment in the technology, photonics can also mean a great deal for the life science industry. In practical terms, it may mean making all devices that use light (microscopes, cytometers, DNA-sequencers, etc.) much more compact and cheaper to produce.