Overview of Energy Efficiency Research Theme
New developments based on nanotechnology and smart designs of artificial structures with high accuracy in fabrication have enabled important applications in the domain of photonics relating to the interaction of light and matter. Example applications occur in areas such as quantum dot lasers for optical communications and efficient light trapping systems for better solar cells.
Many systems involving electromagnetic waves gain a crucial performance advantage if significant energy efficiency gains can be achieved. Particular activities that benefit include communication (where photonics plays a crucial role), medical instrumentation, imaging, sensing, and solar power generation.
Furthermore, energy efficiency is a major consideration for the physics of nano-photonic structures (where the minimal feature sizes are at the single wavelength or even deep subwavelength scales), controllable fabrication of nanophotonic materials and structures, and the applications of such structures in low-energy information processing and communications, high-efficiency energy conversion, sensing, and medicine.
NB-Photonics has extensive capabilities to provide for technology improvements based on energy efficiency developments.
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