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Suggested Citation:"Introduction--Nelson Tansu and Michal Lipson." National Research Council. 2010. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12821.
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Introduction

NELSON TANSU

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


MICHAL LIPSON

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York


Recent successes in the development of optical materials structured on a length scale comparable to the wavelength of light have attracted growing interest from scientists and engineers in many disciplines. Novel concepts of ultrasmall microphotonic devices have the potential to revolutionize communications technologies on all scales, from on-chip data communications in computing to the circuit board level to long-haul communications. Advances in semiconductor nanophotonics and nanostructures have revolutionized solid-state lighting and solar cells, which could have tremendous impacts on future energy applications.

The four presentations in this session provide an overview of photonic technologies and new applications from academic and industrial perspectives. The speakers cover both silicon-based photonics for chip-based applications and III-V-based semiconductors for energy applications.

Suggested Citation:"Introduction--Nelson Tansu and Michal Lipson." National Research Council. 2010. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12821.
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Suggested Citation:"Introduction--Nelson Tansu and Michal Lipson." National Research Council. 2010. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12821.
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Suggested Citation:"Introduction--Nelson Tansu and Michal Lipson." National Research Council. 2010. Frontiers of Engineering: Reports on Leading-Edge Engineering from the 2009 Symposium. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12821.
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In 1995, the National Academy of Engineering initiated the Frontiers of Engineering Program, which brings together about 100 young engineering leaders at annual symposia to learn about cutting-edge research and technical work in a variety of engineering fields. The 2009 U.S. Frontiers of Engineering Symposium was held at The National Academies' Arnold O. and Mabel Beckman Center on September 10-12. Speakers were asked to prepare extended summaries of their presentations, which are reprinted in this volume. The intent of this book is to convey the excitement of this unique meeting and to highlight cutting-edge developments in engineering research and technical work.

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