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Introduction

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.
フォトニクスは21世紀の科学と産業と社会において、「先端」であり「融合」であり、「イノベーション」を創出します。大阪大学は歴史的に光科学のメッカであり、最多数の光科学研究者を拝し、光学・分光・光化学・光バイオロジーなどの分野を開拓してまいりました。そして今「フォトニクス」のキーワードの下に、総長を総括とした新しいセンター運営を推進しています。本拠点では、学内9の研究室と5つの企業が相互浸透をしながら新たなフォトニクス分野形成を目指します。