When Scotland entered the optoelectronics age in the 1960s, Scottish universities were quick to develop major international research strengths – it is these universities that continue to be at the forefront of the industry today.
Such Scottish innovations have included the doping of amorphous silicon which forms the basis of active matrix liquid crystal displays, and the optical kerr cell.
Globally, the optoelecronics industry was estimated to be worth nearly £4 billion in 2010.
What is optoelectronics?
Optoelectronics can also be known as electro-optics and photonics.
Optoelectronics is a discipline that is concerned with the connection of light and electrical phenomena. Types of optoelectronics include gamma rays, X-rays, ultraviolet and infrared light.
Optoelectronic devices involve optical-to-electrical transducers, or instruments that use such devices in their operation.