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Osaka University has been historically a Mecca of optical sciences in Japan. The greatest number of optical science researchers in the country work here; in all fields of optics including spectroscopy, photochemistry, and optics within biology, to list just a few. Many of the scientists and engineers of Japan’s world-famous optics companies gather in Osaka.
Osaka University began a Nano-Photonics Initiative in 2005 to promote novel research related to applications of the photon and to develop a photonics technology for industry. As a major success of this initiative, Osaka University won a national grant to launch a project on photonics in 2007. This is a 10-year“Program for Realization of Innovation Center for the Fusion of Advanced Technologies by Special Coordination of Funds for Promoting Science and Technology”by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), which has established the Photonics Advanced Research Center (PARC).
At present, 9 laboratories and 5 major companies form the core of the program; however researchers and students from 21 laboratories in Osaka University as well as engineers from many companies are contributing to the Center activities.