Interview with Sergio Sáez, manager of the SECPhO Cluster, on the occasion of the Board of Directors meeting held at Ceit-IK4
On January 28 the Board of Directors of the SECPhO Light Technologies Cluster met at Ceit-IK4 to take stock of the accomplishments made during the International Year of Light 2015 and set goals for the coming year.
The SECPhO Cluster is made up of over 60 companies, technology centres and research groups, and its goal is to promote innovations in light technologies such as laser systems, photovoltaic energy, and sensors in a range of fields, including health, transportation, telecommunications, the environment, and advanced manufacturing.
According to the Cluster’s manager Sergio Sáez, “we have an expert team that connects the wide range of existing technologies with sectors that develop applications that add value to society”.
Among the many major milestones achieved by the light sciences in recent years, Sáez highlighted “the impact of optical fibre on telecommunications, which allowed us to build the broadband Internet that currently makes it possible for us to share videos and huge quantities of data at high speeds. There is also the big leap that has been made in the application of laser technology in medical treatments. And finally there was the revolution the led to the emergence of the LED as a light source that is energy efficient and has numerous environmental benefits”.
Given such potential, Sáez foresees a bright future for photonics. “The possibilities for development are tremendous in fields such as medicine, where light will play a key role in early detection as well as in the treatment of conditions that currently have high mortality rates. Nanotechnology will also undergo a revolution now that light technologies are allowing us to see and build at that scale.”
An example of one of the Cluster’s accomplishments is based on Ceit-IK4 research on using lasers “as a new light source, with pulses that have become increasingly shorter—on the order of femtoseconds—and which can be integrated into the development of new industrial processes and the creation of functional surfaces thanks to the precision of such lasers, which is typically under a micrometre.”