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Trends and Opportunities in Photonics Technologies: Solid-State Lighting and Healthcare



Grady S. White, Kristine A. Bertness


In this document, we consider emerging photonic applications in the areas of solid-state lighting (frequently referred to as SSL) and medical applications. Our purpose is to provide a snapshot of the current state of photonics, as applied to SSL and healthcare, as well as to provide an estimate of future directions and anticipated achievements in these fields in the five to ten year time frame. At the same time, we will endeavor to highlight major technical barriers, as currently perceived, to reaching those goal. We base this document on a variety of sources of information. As detailed in Appendices I and II, we have interviewed NIST staff, both in the ATP and in the laboratories, representatives of other government agencies, and representatives from a variety of private companies. In addition, we have consulted reports and roadmaps generated by industrial consortia and government funding agencies.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7305
Report Number


biophotonics, diagnostics, healthcare, imaging, LED, lighting, OLED, photonic, SSL


White, G. and Bertness, K. (2006), Trends and Opportunities in Photonics Technologies: Solid-State Lighting and Healthcare, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 30, 2024)


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Created September 1, 2006, Updated November 10, 2018