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[foh-ton-iks] /foʊˈtɒn ɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study and technology of the use of light for the transmission of information.
Origin of photonics
1950-55; see photonic, -ics; perhaps on the model of electronics Unabridged
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Examples from the web for photonics
  • So with quantum dot materials you could achieve one of the holy grails of the photonics industry: a tunable laser.
  • Other companies have been developing silicon photonics as well.
  • Once-distinct boundaries between molecular biology, fluid mechanics, quantum mechanics and photonics are crossed.
British Dictionary definitions for photonics


(functioning as sing) the study and design of devices and systems, such as optical fibres, that depend on the transmission, modulation, or amplification of streams of photons
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photonics in Science
The scientific study or application of electromagnetic energy whose basic unit is the photon, incorporating optics, laser technology, electrical engineering, materials science, and information storage and processing.
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