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Type   : Report
Date   : December 31, 1994
File   : nsf9534

NSF Workshop
May 23-24, 1994
Arlington, Virginia

The opinions expressed in this publication are those of the workshop 
participants and do not necessarily represent the views of the National Science 


Workshop Panels and Participants
NSF Workshop Coordinators
Executive Summary
  Workshop Goals
  Optical Science and Engineering within NSF
  Panel Organization and Challenge to the Panels

Basic Findings and Recommendations
  Panel Reports
     Information and Communications
     Biology and Biomedical Engineering
     Optical and Photonic Materials and Devices
     Fundamental Optical Interactions
     Optical Processing and Manufacturing
     Instrumentation and Sensing
  NSF-Wide Initiative in Optical Science and Engineering
     Example Proposals


Robert Byer, Stanford University, Workshop Chair

Alan Willner, University of Southern California, Chair
Nim Cheung, Bellcore, Inc.
William Doane, Kent State University
Pierre Humblet, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
David Miller, AT&T
Robert Street, Xerox - PARC
Kelvin Wagner, University of Colorado

Duncan Steel, University of Michigan, Chair
Tom Baer, Biometric Imaging, Inc.
Tom Deutsch, Massachusetts General Hospital
Enrico Gratton, University of Illinois, Urbana_Champaign
Eva Sevick-Muraca, Vanderbilt University
John Spudich, University of Texas Medical School

Gary Bjorklund, IBM,  Chair
Nan Marie Jokerst, Georgia Institute of Technology
Theodore Morse,  Brown University
Richard Powell, University of Arizona
Ben Streetman, University of Texas, Austin
Galen Stucky, University of California, Santa Barbara

Dan Grischkowsky, Oklahoma State University, Chair
Anthony Johnson, AT&T Bell Labs
Jeff Kimble, California Institute of Technology
Keith Nelson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mara Prentiss, Harvard University
Warren Warren, Princeton University

Suzanne Nagel,  AT&T Bell Labs, Chair
Duncan Moore, University of Rochester
Gerard Mourou, University of Michigan
Henry Smith, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
George Whitesides, Harvard University
Eli Yablonovitch, University of California, Los Angeles
Jerrold Zimmerman, Litton Itek Optical Systems

D. Lansing Taylor,  Carnegie Mellon University, Chair
Richard Clause, Virginia Tech
Bernard Couillaud, Coherent, Inc.
Eric Fossum, Jet Propulsion Laboratories
Tom Lucatorto, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Margaret Murnane, Washington State University
John Schott, Rochester Institute of Technology

Lawrence Goldberg (Electrical and Communications Systems) - Co-Chair
Deborah Crawford (Electrical and Communications Systems)

Tom McIlrath (Physics) - Co-Chair
Laverne Hess (Materials Research)
Benjamin Snavely (Astronomy
Alfons Weber (Chemistry)
John Weiner (Physics)
Francis Wodarczyk (Chemistry)

Darleen Fisher (Networking and Communications Research)
Michael Foster (Microelectronic Information Processing)

Michael Lamvik (Biological Instrumentation and Resources)

Terence Porter (Graduate Education and Research)


The National Science Foundation (NSF) workshop on Optical Science and 
Engineering:  New Directions and Opportunities in Research and Education met 
May 23_24, 1994.  The workshop was attended by more than 40 individuals 
representing many of the disciplines and application areas included in Optical 
Science and Engineering (see page i).  The participants came from government, 
universities, and industry and included representatives from those involved in 
basic research in the physical sciences to individuals interested in the 
applications of Optics to communications and to advanced manufacturing.

The workshop on Optical Science and Engineering was organized to examine 
approaches NSF could use to identify opportunities in optical science, 
engineering, and education that meet both the mission of NSF and our broader 
national goals.  Science and Engineering have contributed in the past and will 
continue to contribute in the future to the health, welfare, education, and 
defense of the citizens of this nation.  Many of these contributions have been 
integrated so thoroughly into our lives that they are now taken for granted as 
to their invention, development, or broad application.  Radios, computers, 
lasers, fiber optics, medical imaging, and advanced lithographic manufacturing 
techniques are only a few examples of ideas and technologies that derived from 
research and investigation by individuals motivated by the desire to understand 
the natural world better.  The 50 years since the establishment of NSF have 
seen unprecedented advances in the economic well being of citizens of this 
country in no small measure due to the understanding and application of basic 
scientific discoveries.

Our nation is now in the midst of renegotiating the social contract between 
academic scientists and engineers and the public.  This contract over the past 
50 years led us to invest 1 percent of our domestic productivity in scientific 
research, both basic and applied.  The cold war is no longer the primary 
justification for our investment in research, and we are striving to define a 
new set of principles to guide the nation's investment in research and 
education that meet our nation's goals.  These goals include a healthy and 
educated citizenry; sustained economic growth; a national information 
infrastructure; improved environmental quality; world leadership in science, 
mathematics, and engineering; and national security.

Those who have had the privilege of being supported by public funds in their 
research have an obligation to enter into the public debate.  Scientists and 
engineers need to identify examples that demonstrate ways research has led to 
discoveries that have contributed to our nation in the past and to inform the 
public about future opportunities for new discoveries and inventions that will 
benefit the nation in the future.

The goals of the workshop were to identify research opportunities in Optical 
Science and Engineering and to propose ways in which NSF could create a 
multi-disciplinary approach to research and education that would address the 
identified opportunities.  The NSF is unique in that it has built strength at 
the core of many disciplines.  The strength and quality of its research 
programs allow NSF to undertake a cross-disciplinary research program in 
Optical Science and Engineering with  confidence that the proposed research 
projects will be of the highest quality.

Optical Science and Engineering is an enabling technology_that is, a technology 
with applications to many scientific disciplines and with the potential to 
contribute in significant ways to those disciplines.

The workshop participants identified opportunities where Optical Science and 
Engineering research conducted by small teams of investigators from more than 
one discipline would significantly accelerate progress in areas of interest to 
the nation including the national information infrastructure, biology and 
medicine, chemistry and physics, materials processing and manufacturing, and 
education.  The participants of the workshop agreed that NSF should initiate a 
Foundation-wide research and education program in Optical Science and 
Engineering that is multi-disciplinary and is motivated by national goals.  In 
keeping with the success of the past, where ideas initiated by individuals have 
led to fundamental discoveries and breakthroughs, the program would seek ideas 
in Optical Science and Engineering from small teams of investigators and 
evaluate these ideas using merit review panels composed of experts 
knowledgeable in the disciplines.  The proposed programs would include 
education and traineeships as an integral part of the research and would 
suggest ways to leverage NSF support by joint projects with other agencies, 
laboratories, and industry.

The proposed NSF-wide initiative in Optical Science and Engineering, which cuts 
across NSF directorates, is an experiment:  a new approach to funding 
multi-disciplinary research.  If adopted, the program should be revisited in 
five years to evaluate its success and to fine-tune elements of the program to 
increase its future continued success.  If successful, the initiative in 
Optical Science and Engineering could be extended in the future to other 
enabling science and technology areas.

Robert L. Byer



The workshop on Optical Science and Engineering identified a number of critical 
challenges in Optical Science and Engineering that could lead to major 
opportunities for the programs of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  The 
workshop determined that investments in research and education in Optical 
Science and Engineering across multiple disciplines are timely and that 
significant opportunities exist for leveraging NSF resources by supporting 
these investments.  Moreover, the workshop determined that Optics is an 
enabling technology and that a multidisciplinary initiative in Optical Science 
and Engineering would help meet NSF strategic areas of advanced materials 
processing, biotechnology, environment and global change, communications, 
manufacturing, and science, math, engineering and technical education.  An 
NSF-wide, crossdirectorate, multi-disciplinary research and education 
initiative in Optical Science and Engineering would also meet the identified 
national needs in biology and health; the nation's information infrastructure; 
world leadership in science, math, and engineering education; enhanced 
environmental quality; and national security.


Optical Science and Engineering is recognized as an enabling technology that 
will allow leapfrog advances in many fields.  There are identified 
opportunities in Optical Science and Engineering that with timely investment 
will yield significant advances.

Research to address critical challenges in Optical Science and Engineering 
crosses disciplinary boundaries and by its nature requires informed input from 
several investigators.  Research supported by NSF ranges from individual 
investigator projects to Science and Technology Centers and Engineering 
Research Centers.  Multi-disciplinary research initiated by small teams of 
investigators offers a new approach to addressing problems that are in the 
national interest where the scale of the problem is beyond the capacity of a 
single investigator and yet does not require the structure and complexity of 
the larger-center-based programs.

Research in Optical Science and Engineering holds exceptional promise for 
innovations that will have impact on long-term national goals.  The workshop 
identified opportunities in biology, chemistry, physics, materials, information 
infrastructure, and manufacturing that could be addressed by progress in 
Optical Science and Engineering. The critical challenges to be addressed in 
Optical Science and Engineering will be identified in proposals submitted by 
the investigators.  Since these proposals incorporate ideas that cut across the 
disciplines, the merit of the proposed research should be evaluated by panels 
whose members are knowledgeable in the appropriate disciplines.

The education of students in this new style of small-group research offers an 
opportunity to teach teamwork:  a skill that is critical to the modern work 
force. Traineeships would allow for an exchange of visitors, scholars, and 
students to enhance the quality of the research further.

To be successful in the support of cross-disciplinary research, NSF should 
sustain the funding for an adequate period and leverage its limited resources 
by encouraging cooperation with partners.  There are significant advantages to 
be gained by forming cooperative ventures in this smallteam style of research. 
The need for interaction across disciplines and across agencies, universities, 
laboratories, and industry is well recognized and should be encouraged.

The proposed agency-wide, multi-disciplinary initiative in Optical Science and 
Engineering is an experiment within NSF, where proposal support and evaluation 
is now largely discipline based.  Like any experiment, there are lessons to be 
learned by the evaluation of the program.  Criteria for success should be 
established, and the program should be evaluated according to these criteria.


Based on these findings, the workshop recommends that:
     NSF create an agency-wide, multi-disciplinary research initiative in 
Optical Science and Engineering,
     The proposed research in Optical Science and Engineering be evaluated by 
multi-disciplinary review panels,
     The proposed research be evaluated in light of long-term national goals,
     The research in Optical Science and Engineering be conducted by small 
teams of investigators  representing several disciplines,
     The proposed research incorporate education and training as an integral 
part of the effort,
     The research be supported for three to five years' duration and that NSF 
funds be leveraged by encouraging cooperation with other agencies, 
laboratories, universities, and industry,
     This agency-wide, multi-disciplinary initiative be reviewed after five 
years and be evaluated by an established set of criteria as to its success.


The proposed agency-wide, multi-disciplinary initiative in Optical Science and 
Engineering builds on the disciplinary strengths of the directorates of NSF.  
In analogy with building a house, the individuals skilled in each discipline 
must bring expertise to the program and work cooperatively under a single plan 
to achieve a goal.  A small team of investigators representing different 
disciplines is in many cases the best approach to solving a scientific or 
technical problem.  This approach to cross-disciplinary research could be 
extended in the future to other technologies, which, like Optical Science and 
Engineering, are enabling.


Workshop Goals

The goals of the workshop on Optical Science and Engineering:  New Directions 
and Opportunities in Research and Education are to identify major growth areas 
and opportunities in Optical Science and Engineering (OS&E) within the basic 
research and education mission of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and to 
stimulate new interactions across traditional disciplinary boundaries.  The 
goal includes consideration of mechanisms for the implementation of 
multi-disciplinary research and the support for such research within NSF.  Any 
proposed initiative in OS&E must include scientific and technical education and 
training.  Furthermore, the limited resources of NSF should be leveraged, if 
possible, by joint ventures with industry, government, and other research 
organizations.  Finally, in light of the changing environment for research 
support, proposed initiatives in OS&E must meet both NSF strategic areas and 
the nation's needs and provide benefit to society.

The NSF strategic areas include advanced materials and processing, 
biotechnology, civil infrastructure, environment, global change, 
highperformance computing and communications, manufacturing, and science, math, 
engineering, and technical education.  These NSF strategic areas reflect, 
broadly, the national goals of a healthy, educated citizenry, job creation and 
economic growth, information infrastructure, world leadership in science, math, 
and engineering, enhanced environmental quality, and national security.

Optical Science and Engineering within NSF

OS&E encompasses research and education that cut across the directorates of 
NSF.   Optics is an enabling technology that has impact from astronomy, 
physics, chemistry, biology, and materials science to communications, 
information processing, storage, and display and to medicine.  Optics provides 
a natural and visible approach to education at all levels.  For these reasons, 
and because research in OS&E is timely and is growing in importance, OS&E was 
selected as the science and technology on which to focus this workshop.

Multi-disciplinary OS&E projects are currently supported within most of the 
Directorates of NSF:  Biological Sciences (BIO); Computer and Information 
Science and Engineering (CISE); Education and Human Resources (EHR); 
Engineering (ENG); and Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS).

In the BIO Directorate, OS&E includes the development of high-speed 
charge-coupled-devices recording microscopes, refinement of two-photon 
fluorescence excitation microscopes, the development of time-resolved 
fluorescence microscopy, studies of neurobiology of perception, the development 
and use of optical "laser tweezers," the development of fiber-optics probes, 
and physiological optics and devices.

OS&E is supported within the CISE Directorate in the areas of optics for 
computation, optics for communication and optical networking, computation for 
optics, and optics for the human interface.  The support for OS&E research in 
CISE represents about 10 percent of the total research budget.

In the ENG Directorate, OS&E activities affect five research areas including 
information and communications, optical and photonic materials and devices, 
fundamental optical interactions, optical processing and manufacturing, and 
instrumentation and sensing.  The total investment in research and development 
(R&D) on OS&E in this Directorate exceeds 20 million dollars annually, 
primarily through activities in the Division of Electrical and Communications 
Systems and the Division of Engineering Education and Centers.

The MPS Directorate includes research in OS&E primarily in the Divisions of 
Astronomical Sciences, Chemistry, Materials Research,  and Physics.  
Applications of OS&E to astronomy are historically in the area of advanced 
instrumentation and sensors.  Virtually all astronomical instruments are 
optical or quasi-optical in nature, including radiotelescopes.  There are on 
the horizon opportunities for significant advances in OS&E as applied to 
astronomical observation including flexible mirror telescopes and correction of 
ground-based telescopic images using an artificial laser guide star.

The Chemistry Division supports OS&E activities at a level of 6 percent of the 
division budget.  The activities include optical materials research, analytical 
and surface chemistry, organic dynamics, instrumentation, and experimental 
physical chemistry.

The Division of Materials Research has eight major areas in which OS&E affects 
the programs.  These include ceramics studies, such as the synthesis of optical 
materials and glasses and optical coatings, and electronics and photonic 
materials, including semiconductors, nonlinear optical materials, epitaxy 
materials synthesis, and laser-beam_solidmatter interaction studies for the 
processing of photonic materials.  Polymers, including nonlinear polymers and 
photoresists, are also an area of research, as are studies of the theory of 
optical materials.  Solid-State Chemistry, Condensed Matter Physics, and 
Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers also include OS&E research 
activities.  Finally, instrumentation for the evaluation of materials includes 
an array of optically based devices.  The OS&E-related research activities in 
the Division of Materials Research amounted to 16.1 million dollars for fiscal 
year 1993.

The Division of Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics encompasses the 
disciplines that historically have supported basic research in OS&E.  With the 
invention of the laser in 1961, OS&E activities spread far beyond the 
boundaries now defined by AMO research.  However, ultrafast optical science, 
light dynamics and force, laser cooling of atoms, and quantum optics are 
exciting and evolving areas of fundamental research.  Many of these new 
research areas are less than 10 years old. They form the basis for fundamental 
understanding of the nature of matter and light and will, in the future, inform 
us about the limits of the application of light to communications and to 
materials control.  The OS&E research in this division amounts to 11.9 million 
dollars, which is approximately one-half of the total division support for 

The OS&E support across all of the directorates of NSF amounts to approximately 
43 million dollars per year.  The bulk of the research support lies within the 
Directorates for Engineering and for Mathematical and Physical Sciences.  There 
are, however, significant opportunities for research in OS&E through the 
Directorates for Biological Sciences and for Computer and Information Science 
and Engineering.

It is clear that OS&E activities cut across the directorates and divisions and 
that they are a significant part of the programs with NSF.  NSF, however, is 
organized in a vertical "stovepipe" structure that reflects the departmental 
organization structure of universities.  The need to support the disciplines 
and to maintain the highest quality of research within each discipline is 
paramount in the university context.  However, modern research often involves 
more than one discipline and so does not map well onto the existing directorate 
structure.  NSF has responded to the need for coordinating research across the 
directorates by creating the OS&E Coordinators.  The workshop was challenged to 
consider other approaches to support cross-disciplinary research.

Panel Organization and Challenge to the Panels

The workshop was organized into six working panels structured to include the 
key areas of OS&E that fall within the research and educational areas of NSF.  
The six panels are Optical Information and Communications, chaired by Alan 
Willner; Biology and Biomedical Engineering, chaired by Duncan Steel; Optical 
and Photonic Materials and Devices, chaired by Gary Bjorklund; Fundamental 
Optical Interactions, chaired by Dan Grischkowsky; Optical Processing and 
Manufacturing, chaired by Suzanne Nagel; and  Instrumentation and Sensing, 
chaired by D. Lansing Taylor.

The primary goal for the first panel session was to identify critical 
challenges in OS&E that would lead to significant breakthroughs in technical 
and application areas and potentially would have significant impact on the 
strategic areas of NSF and on national goals.  A second goal was to consider 
means of implementing OS&E cross-disciplinary research within NSF.  Thus each 
panel was to identify research opportunities and then make recommendations for 
implementation of the research.  The recommendations for implementation were to 
take into account the programmatic elements that would be necessary for a 
successful project including educational and training elements.  Each panel's 
critical challenges and recommendations are presented in the section on Basic 
Findings and Recommendations.

To suggest new approaches to the conduct of research is difficult at best and 
in the current research climate of constrained resources is challenging indeed. 
 Recognizing that the background and experience of the workshop participants 
was diverse, the workshop chair began by reviewing for the participants the 
structure of NSF and the national research climate.

The current structure of NSF was reviewed so that initiatives suggested by 
panels could account for the strengths and the weaknesses of NSF.  The climate 
for R&D in this country was reviewed briefly so that the panel members could 
begin the discussion with the same understanding.  It was recognized that the 
growth of R&D funding that took place in the early 1980s was now reduced to 
zero and that the country was concerned about the value it receives from 
investments in R&D.  In the past, R&D was  generally understood to contribute 
to the welfare of the nation.  In the future, R&D will continue to contribute, 
but the justification for investment in R&D must be motivated by the long-term 
national needs.

The panels were asked to consider national needs as part of their 
recommendations regarding the critical issues in OS&E research.  Any new 
initiative in NSF must take into account NSF strategic areas as well as the 
national goals.  Any new initiative proposed for NSF must be compelling such 
that it is acceptable to scientists and engineers across the multiple 
directorates and divisions.  It was recognized that the "bottom-up" research 
proposal process and subsequent merit review has been a very successful 
approach for determining where to invest research resources.  However,  
multi-disciplinary research in OS&E might demand new approaches to proposing 
and selecting research areas to be funded.  Further, it was recognized that 
OS&E research is by its nature multidisciplinary and that opportunities exist 
for significant breakthroughs in many discipline areas.  The challenge to the 
panels was to find a new style of research that could meet all of the above 
factors and could leverage NSF investment in OS&E.  Cooperative models for 
research were to be examined in which projects might involve government labs, 
university labs, and industrial research labs.

The workshop was informed of the National Research Council (NRC) report on AMO 
Science, which was published the weekend of the workshop.  Further, an NRC 
study on OS&E is planned for the fall of 1994.  Two weeks following the 
workshop, the NRC and Stanford University were sponsoring the third of three 
regional workshops to examine the Future of the Physical and Mathematical 
Sciences.  Thus the workshop did not take place in a vacuum, but 
recommendations from the panels and the workshop would be considered in the 
context of the broader national discussion underway.



The work of the panels was at the heart of the workshop.  The panels in their 
first meeting were to identify critical challenges in Optical Science and 
Engineering in their scientific and technical areas that would offer the 
opportunity for breakthrough advances.  The panels were to report back to the 
plenary session of the workshop their identified research challenges and were 
to suggest how these challenges supported the National Science Foundation 
strategic areas and the long-term national goals.

The panels were also to consider the programmatic elements of any proposed 
initiative in OS&E.  The programmatic elements were to reflect the 
multi-disciplinary nature of OS&E, the directorate and divisional structure of 
NSF, and the need to include education as an integral part of the research.

The results of the panel deliberations were presented by the panel chairs to a 
plenary meeting of the workshop.  The discussion of the research themes and of 
the recommendations regarding the proposed program elements was spirited.  In 
many cases, the recommendations of the panels were similar and overlapped in 
approach and intent.  However, the work of the panels in the first session was 
open-ended so that the presentations and subsequent discussion were far 
ranging.  The consensus of the plenary discussion was that more focus was 
required for a second panel meeting to move the broad ideas that had been 
presented to firmer ground.

A second set of panel meetings was held and focused on identifying, in a common 
format, prioritized critical challenges in OS&E.  For this panel session, a 
mock "call for proposal" form was used to motivate the panel discussion.  The 
goal of this exercise was to test the proposed NSF-wide initiative in OS&E 
firsthand to see that it could lead to quality proposals that offered the 
potential for leapfrog advances in technology.  The panels, in a short time and 
under considerable pressure, were remarkably innovative in creating model 

The panel reports contained in this section provide background and support for 
the recommendations put forward by the workshop.  The principal recommendation 
that NSF create an agency-wide, multi-disciplinary research and education 
initiative to identify critical challenges in OS&E was unanimously adopted by 
the workshop.  The workshop recognized the unique opportunity for research by 
small teams and the need for the research to be evaluated in light of national 
needs by a multidisciplinary panel of experts.  Further, the workshop 
reinforced the value of the longstanding NSF practice of "bottom-up" generated 
research proposals and ideas and strongly supported the incorporation of 
education and training as an integral part of the proposed research programs.  
Recognizing that multi-disciplinary research undertaken by a small team of 
individuals often requires considerable resources, the workshop participants 
suggested that NSF funds be leveraged by encouraging joint research programs 
with other agencies, laboratories, and industry.  This recommendation was not 
to be a requirement but to be an opportunity to enhance the success of the 
research effort.


Alan Willner, chair


OS&E is expected to constitute the technical foundation of an information-based 
United States economy in the 21st century.  A major component of our economy 
will be the new National Information Infrastructure (NII), or Information 
Superhighway, as it is often called.  The role of NSF, through its support of 
basic and applied research, is to stimulate the creation of the science and 
technology base required to realize the NII.  A major challenge to this 
national goal is the provisioning of ubiquitous and intelligent user access to 
the NII through a user ON/OFF ramp.  We believe that images and image capture, 
image display, image storage, and image transfer will be critical to the future 
of the NII.

A new research initiative in the next generation of image display, storage, and 
access would meet NSF strategic areas on environment, global change, 
high-performance computing, biotechnology, civil infrastructure, and 

Critical Challenges

The critical challenges in Information and Communication are display, storage, 
and access of vast quantities of information necessary based on images.  In 
displays, there is a need for a lightweight, robust, low-power, "paper-like" 
information viewer with all of the high resolution and warm and soft feeling of 
paper to which we have become accustomed.  The multidisciplinary research 
challenges to achieve this "paper-like" viewer are formidable and include basic 
physics and surface physics research, computational mathematics, materials 
research, systems research, and manufacturing research.  The display is of 
strategic importance to all areas of the NII.

Optical data storage is a critical challenge that must be met if images are to 
be received, handled, displayed, and transmitted on the NII.  Large-scale use 
of images requires terabyte capacity with portability, rapid memory access, and 
memory correction.  A possible approach to this challenge is the use of volume 
holographic data storage which provides parallel readout.  However, 
nonmechanical readout and recording methods must be devised, and fundamental 
materials issues must be resolved.  Terabyte high-speed memory, if available, 
would be of strategic importance in supporting large data bases, rapid 
information processing, and NII switching.  Data storage is a huge worldwide 
market with tremendous national relevance.  For progress in meeting this 
critical challenge, efforts are required in the cross-disciplinary areas of 
materials science, software algorithms, architecture and networks, optical 
communications, systems research, fundamental physics, micromechanical systems, 
manufacturing, and electronics.

Information transfer and switching are critical to realizing the ON/OFF ramp to 
the National Information Highway.  The NII will rely on Optics for 
transmission, with advanced systems using multiple wavelengths and time domain 
technologies.  The challenge is to increase the system performance and reduce 
cost by using Optics within the switches instead of converting to electronic 
switches.  Thus high-speed switching is a critical challenge.  In addition, 
faster switching will force reconsideration of the network architecture.  A key 
question is how to best combine the capabilities of Optics and electronics to 
build networks that can be controlled, managed, and interconnected.

The research directions needed to support high-speed switching and network 
architecture include ultra-high-speed optical switching, portability of data 
transfer, broadband wireless communication, routing, control, synchronization, 
signaling and compression of data, and the understanding of time and wavelength 
division multiplexing trade-offs in data transfer.  Research in these areas is 
enabling for the NII and requires cross-disciplinary efforts in the physics of 
nonlinear optical interactions, materials science, software algorithms, 
architectures of networks, optical communications, and system research.

With the growing use of displays, there is a corresponding need for smart 
sensors to take the information that is currently available in other forms and 
to capture an image for digital transfer.  This is a critical challenge and one 
that, if met, would allow the collection, through multiple imaging devices, of 
information as diverse as a printed page or medical image.


A major goal of the proposed new initiative in OS&E is to leapfrog the present 
technology base and to lay the groundwork for leading-edge technologies for the 
21st century.  The proposed new initiative would address fundamental technical 
issues that cut across a wide range of existing NSF-supported programs.  Thus 
the panel recommends that the research initiative be multi-disciplinary and 
that NSF provide for an umbrella program for strategic-driven basic research.

It is clear that the proposed research initiative spans the range from basic 
physics and materials research to advanced system considerations.  To be 
effective in this type of research program, the faculty in universities must 
learn the needs of industry.  The panel recommends that internships in industry 
be a programmatic element of the proposed initiative.  The internships should 
span all levels to include faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate 
students.  Further, NSF should provide fellowships for industry researchers to 
come into the university to work side by side with the faculty and students.

A research initiative must overcome the high cost of optoelectronic device 
fabrication and the limited resources of universities.  The panel proposes an 
Optoelectronics implementation service similar to the Metal Oxide Semiconductor 
Implementation Services (MOSIS) project for university researchers to obtain 
access to critical devices.

Duncan Steel, chair


The goal of this proposed initiative is to address the basic scientific issues 
of the interaction of light with biological systems, and to develop optical 
methodologies for advancing the fundamental understanding of all aspects of 
life sciences, including plant life sciences.  This research will fill a 
current national need to provide a supply of trained professionals to the 
expanding job market in the biotechnology industry.

Basic research toward new technologies directed at clinical goals is not 
supported by NSF or by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Research 
proposed to address opportunities for new technologies falls between the 
priorities for these two organizations.  Further, the experience of the 
scientific community is that, in the present vertically integrated 
discipline-based structure of NSF, submission and review of interdisciplinary 
research usually do not lead to funding of a scientific program.  Thus there is 
a critical gap that results from the exclusion of many basic scientific 
programs that fall within the goals of the Foundation.  This gap compromises 
the leadership role for the United States in developing biomedical 

Critical Challenges

The critical challenge is to exploit the power of Optics to advance 
biotechnology, biomaterials, and biomedical engineering and to probe the 
biomolecular structure and function in a minimally invasive manner.  
Furthermore, the challenge is to integrate basic research across the 
disciplines of chemistry, physics, biology, and engineering.  This research 
initiative is designed to take advantage of complementary aims of NSF, NIH, and 
other agencies.  The aim of NSF-supported basic research in this initiative is 
to develop physical understanding of Optical science used in biological 
systems.  The aim of NIH will be to use the knowledge gained toward its 
application in medical science.

The critical challenge that can be addressed by this initiative is basic 
research to study the interactions of light with biological molecules, cells, 
and tissues to understand their structure and function.  Examples of key 
biological problems that could be addressed by this initiative include protein 
folding, protein_protein interactions, molecular recognition, and protein_DNA 

A second aspect of this critical challenge is to support advanced research to 
develop new optical and laser-based techniques and methodologies to enable 
fundamental research in biology.  The new techniques that show promise for 
eventual application to clinical, bioremediation, and agricultural needs should 
be supported.  We recommend that NSF encourage proposals that support the use 
of OS&E as an enabling technology for biotechnology, health sciences, and other 
aspects of life sciences.

Examples of applications to biology and biomedical engineering of optical 
techniques include noninvasive imaging, diagnostic spectroscopy, early 
detection of disease, blood supply monitoring and purification, brain function, 
drug delivery, gene sequencing, and hazardous waste cleanup and remediation.

The initiative should also include the support of programs focused on the 
development of photoactive biomaterials for applications outside of biology.  
Examples include photoactive biological molecules for engineering applications 
such as light switches and indicators and lightactivated protein synthesis.


The panel recommends that the initiative include multidisciplinary 
opportunities and training that integrate optical science and life sciences.  
This initiative should be directed by a multi-investigator team with expertise 
from the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and optical engineering.  The 
training of students should include core training in biophysical and the 
physical sciences.  The initiative should provide opportunities for 
cosponsorship of fellowships by industry in the biological and optical fields.  
The review process for the initiative should include experts from all related 

This initiative is particularly timely because the problems in biology have 
become complex and critical; they demand new approaches.  Optical science has 
now developed to a level of sophistication at which its integration into 
biology can enable research.

Gary Bjorklund, chair


The hallmark of the last half of the 20th century was energy.  The hallmark of 
the coming century will be information technology.  The nation that excels in 
this area will have a distinct economic advantage.  The next generation of 
information systems will influence our society in ways that we can now only 
begin to imagine.  Information not only will improve the educational level of 
the country, but will have a dynamic impact on the growth of industry and the 
health of the citizens of our country through the transmission and analysis of 
medical images.  The information revolution has only begun to change our lives. 
 It is mandatory that we guide the revolution with the best scientific and 
technical skill available.

The underpinning of all photonic and optical applications is advanced 
materials.  The development of these new materials requires the understanding 
and control of materials at the atomic level, the engineering of the bandgap of 
semiconductors, and the ordering of threedimensional structures.  We need to 
understand defects, compositional and epitaxial defined interfaces, and the 
integration of multicomponent assemblies onto a material substrate.

One aspect of the materials issues that is not well served by NSF is the 
application of materials in systems.  Here the individual investigator programs 
do not offer the breadth of expertise required to understand all of the system 
issues that govern the materials uses from devices to subsystems to complex 
systems.  The problems are multi-disciplinary and need to be attacked by three 
to five cooperating investigators working in teams with graduate and 
undergraduate students.  This is a research program size that "falls between 
the cracks" with the present NSF structure.  In this type of team research, 
there is an opportunity for NSF to use "smart funding," that is, to pool the 
resources of the interacting partners to leverage NSF funds in support of the 
materials research.  Systems and subsystems research is in need of this new 
small-team style of research.

Critical Challenges

The critical challenges that need to be resolved through NSF-sponsored research 
initiatives include material fabrication and processing, structure and device 
research, and integration and packaging research for low-cost reliable 
manufacturing of systems.

The understanding and control of materials at the atomic level and the 
nucleation and assembly of matter are now essential in modern materials 
research.  For example, to grow generic semiconductor materials on varied 
surfaces, one must tailor the surface in such as way that the materials to be 
grown will exhibit the desired characteristics and structure.  Epitemplates 
will be needed for the growth of new materials such as GaN for use in blue 
diode lasers.  These wide-bandgap semiconductor materials will become 
increasingly important for high-density information storage and for display 
applications.  New materials often grow with an array of defects that limit the 
quality and the application of the material.  There is a critical need to 
understand the nature of defects and to reduce and control defects.  This 
understanding will shorten the time from discovery of a new material to its 
development and practical use.

The understanding of interfaces and of thin films grown on interfaces is 
critical to the development of new materials.  For example, strain layer 
super-lattice semiconductor materials are a recent development but are already 
a critical aspect of diode laser design and application.  Optical coatings are 
an essential component of many optical systems.  Much of the previous work on 
optical coatings has been more an "art" than a "science."  There is a critical 
need to bring the state of optical coatings onto a sound scientific basis.  In 
optical communications, optical planar waveguide structures, primarily used in 
telecommunication applications, are an area of materials research that has been 
neglected.  There is a need for increased use of waveguide materials for 
passive and active devices such as wavelength division multiplexing, beam 
splitters, switches, and lasers.

The synergistic properties of biphasic materials, such as polymers, present 
numerous potential opportunities in OS&E.  New types of devices are possible, 
such as bragg gratings, GRIN lenses which depend upon the spatial control of 
the optical index of refraction, smart materials with controllable physical 
parameters that can respond to external stimuli, photorefractive materials for 
information storage, nonlinear optical materials for changing the frequency of 
the optical field, and bio-optic materials

The development of new and efficient coherent light sources is critical to the 
future of OS&E.  Vertical cavity surface emitting lasers are an example of a 
new type of semiconductor laser that promises widespread use.  New types of 
laser cavity, microcavities, are another example of materials solving a 
critical need in source development.  In the future, blue light sources will 
play an important role in the storage and display of information.  Tunable 
coherent laser-like sources are also important for applications.  The optical 
parametric oscillator now being reintroduced as a commercial product meets 
application requirements from environmental monitoring to chemical detection 
and analysis.  The combination of a lowpower, semiconductor laser master 
oscillator with a power amplifier has led to improved characteristics of diode 
laser sources with power levels now exceeding 1 watt for small devices the size 
of a grain of sand.  These lasers have extremely narrow linewidths and can be 
efficiently frequency converted with the use of nonlinear optical materials.  
There are growing applications for improved laser sources from medical surgery 
to chemical monitoring and control.

The integration and packaging for low-cost and reliable manufacturing of 
devices are a critical challenge for the next generation of optical devices.  
An example of this is the need to invent a low-cost, reliable method to couple 
a diode laser to a nonlinear waveguide device for the generation of blue light. 
 Packaging to control heat flow is also critical for device performance.  
Finally, any packaged device must also be manufacturable and low cost to meet 
the application markets.  For advanced devices, the materials that form the 
device must be integrable into a single subsystem.  This involves consideration 
of fiber-optics coupling, threedimensional interconnects, and advanced 
lithographic techniques to allow the manufacturability of new systems.


The materials issues for the next century are important.  The panel recommends 
that investigators be challenged to define the research programs in Photonic 
Materials and Devices.  Further, the panel recommends that NSF should fund an 
initiative in OS&E that is crossdisciplinary with funding at a level to support 
three to five cooperating investigators working as a team with graduate as well 
as undergraduate students.  The teams should be encouraged to cooperate with 
other agencies such as the National Institute for Standards and Technology 
(NIST) or with the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and with other 
university and government laboratories or with industry in the pursuit of 

As United States industry moves away from long-range basic research to 
near-term applied research, it is important for NSF to preserve the capability 
of the United States industry to look more than three years into the future.  
To do this, NSF should allow funding to university investigators to be used as 
matching funds for proposals to NIST and to ARPA.  Further, NSF should assist 
in the resolution of industry_university patent and intellectual property 
issues that stand in the way of cooperative research activities.

The panel also recommends that Optics be reintroduced into the undergraduate 
curriculum and be supported by a laboratory course, where possible, to help 
train the next generation of students in this enabling technology.

Dan Grischkowsky, chair


Ultimately, progress in OS&E depends on having optical sources.  Although 
dramatic advances in laser power, efficiency, pulse duration, and bandwidth and 
wavelength tunability have been made in the 30 years since the invention of the 
laser, there remain major scientific and technical breakthroughs that are 
restrained by the lack of a suitable optical source.  Progress in source 
development is leveraged to an extraordinary degree across a broad range of 
applications.  Some of the outstanding issues include compact laser amplifier 
sources compatible with low-dispersion optical fibers, improved nonlinear 
optical materials, and improved availability to the broad R&D community of 
low-cost, reliable laser technology.

Fundamental studies in optical interactions also inform us about the ultimate 
limits of what is physically possible.  Thus the understanding of the 
interaction of the electron and the photon or the atom and the photon at the 
fundamental level informs us of possible future progress across many 
disciplines of science.  Current basic research is exploring the interactions 
of a single atom with a single photon and is exploring the fundamental quantum 
limits of measurement and detection accuracy.  We have moved from a world 
governed by statistical interactions of many particles to a world of single 
particle interactions.  The knowledge gained at this fundamental level has 
implications on our understanding of nature from communications to biology.

Critical Challenges

The panel identified optical sources, optical communications and information 
processing, materials design and fabrication, metrology, and education as 
critical areas in which progress is needed to meet broad societal needs.  
Progress in these areas depends on the support and progress in fundamental 
studies of optical interactions.

There is a critical need to improve laser sources to meet the needs of a broad 
range of research and scientific applications.  The laser sources need to be 
tailored in their wavelength, pulse duration, and power for the application at 
hand.  The laser sources need to be compact, less expensive to buy, and less 
expensive to operate so that they are available to a wider range of users _ not 
just to those with adequate funds and experts dedicated to the operation of 
advanced laser systems.

There is a crucial need for accurate metrology of temporal and spatial 
coordinates from the global scale to the nanoscale.  The use of lasers 
stabilized to high precision will allow accurate navigation using "smart" 
vehicles, may allow progress in earthquake prediction, and air and ship 
navigation.  On the microscopic scale, precision frequency-stabilized lasers 
will allow accurate control of semiconductor fabrication through advanced 
lithographic techniques and the accurate alignment of structures to a nanometer 
scale.  This area of research has long been the domain of the National Bureau 
of Standards.  There may be opportunities for NSF and the NIST to encourage 
joint research in this area that include studies of basic to applied metrology 
using advanced optical sources.

Complex materials play an increasingly important role in advanced technology.  
Natural and biological materials offer examples of complex materials where 
optical characterization of surfaces, interfaces, thin films, multilayer 
structures, and structures of mesoscopic size scales, such as quantum dots, 
clusters, and ferroelectric domains, must be developed.  These optical 
characterization tools can be viewed by one community as tools for analysis and 
by another community as a tool for nondestructive evaluation or by a third 
community as a tool for control and modification of the material.  Thus the 
optical tools are by their very nature used across multiple disciplines.  There 
is need for a concomitant educational drive to foster the training of students 
in new optical methods that bridge disciplines.  Further, there is a need for 
interaction between the academic and the industrial community to inform each 
about the other's needs.  This is an area in which an active educational effort 
at the student through professional level could have a major impact on R&D 

"Designer" nonlinear optical materials tailored and controlled for specific 
nonlinear responses are an important critical challenge.  The need for high 
nonlinear response with low loss and high speed remains primary.  Improvements 
in periodic polling of ferroelectric nonlinear materials and other fabrication 
techniques on the scale of the optical wavelength to the size of the atom are 
critical.  Fabrication at these length scales will provide enabling 
technologies for x-ray to optical wavelength applications.


Addressing these critical challenges requires an interdisciplinary approach to 
research that joins optical engineering, materials science, electrical 
engineering, and the fundamental understanding of nature through basic 
research.  Optoelectronic material and system improvements require close 
interactions among fabrication, evaluation, and testing at the device level.  
These interactions often require strong university_industry interactions which 
in turn should lead to improved graduate education training and should expose 
students to future career paths that are an alternative to the traditional 
specialized training of a graduate student for a future in the academy.

Suzanne Nagel, chair


Optics enables advanced manufacturing of a broad set of products, and advanced 
optical systems and products require manufacturing breakthroughs to make 
optical sources, detectors, displays, communication equipment, imaging systems, 
sensors, and storage devices economically.  Both of these aspects of Optics in 
manufacturing are critical to achieve an industrial infrastructure for 
manufactured goods and to affect multibillion dollar markets.

Advanced manufacturing takes advantage of a multiplicity of unique attributes 
of optical technology including massive parallelism; nanometer accuracy and 
precision; photon delivery controlled in time, intensity, energy, wavelength, 
speed, and spatial resolution; remote distribution and delivery of optical 
power through optical fibers or by line of sight; precision ranging; and 
light-controlled surface interactions.

These attributes give rise to a broad range of capabilities which include 
materials processing, such as laser machining, nanofabrication, and 
lithography; process control, such as machine vision, sensors, and metrology; 
process monitoring, for example, bar code readers, scanners, displays, and 
optical local-area networks; rapid prototyping, such as laser stereolithography 
and three-dimensional model fabrication from digital information; advanced 
packaging, including welding and joining using optical means; and optical 
writing, such as imaging holography, gratings, pattern generation, and the 
labeling of products.

Complete realization of the potential for Optics in manufacturing requires firm 
scientific understanding and engineering control of the interaction of light 
with matter.

Critical Challenges

Critical challenges include continued advances in fundamental OS&E to overcome 
some of the current limitations in optical assisted manufacturing.  Generally, 
these advances include new materials, improved sources and associated Optics, 
system integration of materials and devices to realize a practical approach to 
a given manufacturing process, and a continued basic understanding of the 
interaction of photons with materials on all scales from molecular through 
bulk.  Crossdisciplinary and multidisciplinary investment of resources in 
optical processing and manufacturing will provide new and unique, 
cost-effective, optical-based manufacturing approaches and processes.

Equally important, the panel identified the need for low-cost manufacturing of 
a range of new products based on Optics and optoelectronic devices.  The 
combined efforts to address materials issues, component, assembly, and 
manufacturability requirements include key advances in OS&E.  Displays, storage 
devices, sources and detectors, optoelectronic integrated circuits, imaging 
devices, sensors, instruments, optical switches, and computers are all examples 
of information age technologies that represent huge markets.  Success in 
bringing such products to market will be determined by engineered materials, 
optical and optoelectronic components, new approaches to high-throughput, 
highyield materials, growth and fabrication technology, and new paradigms for 
assembly such as self-assembly, that result in cost-effective end-to-end 


NSF can play a critical role in sponsoring longer-term horizon research 
activities that build the fundamental knowledge to allow breakthrough 
approaches to advanced manufacturing and that encourage creative new ways to 
realize products.  For example, why does a display have to be "flat"?  Why can 
we not design and produce displays in flexible rolls, similar to making film, 
and overcome the limitations of glass-based flat panel displays?  We need to 
encourage investigations that will lead to an image display that has the look 
and feel of the paper we now use more widely than at any time in history.

The panel strongly endorses an NSF-wide initiative approach for OS&E to build 
the longer-term enabling capability in this important area.  The nature of the 
field encourages cross-disciplinary and functional interaction, and leads to 
teamwork and integrated solutions.  A strong foundation in OS&E not only 
prepares the next generation of scientists and engineers with enabling 
technology, but is critical to the health of the national industrial 
infrastructure.  An NSF investment in this area can benefit and be coupled to 
mission-oriented initiatives of other agencies and benefit from industrial 

D. Lansing Taylor, chair


Optical instrumentation and sensing involves the detection, measurement, 
manipulation and analysis of a variety of physical, chemical, and biological 
properties.  Traditionally most single-investigator research efforts in this 
area have been focused on the development of individual enabling component 
technologies and the first level of integration into measurement instruments.  
Through the development of new concepts in optical instrumentation and sensing, 
in particular in response to multidisciplinary applications and with an 
interdisciplinary approach, it may be possible to integrate and develop 
high-performance instrumentation systems more fully.

The support and development of advanced optical instrumentation and sensing 
methods are important for a variety of reasons.  R&D in advanced 
instrumentation requires an interdisciplinary education on the part of 
undergraduate and graduate students and demands the ability to work in teams to 
solve problems.  Teamwork is an attribute that is critical to success in 
industry.  Research on optical instrumentation promotes extended interactions 
with an interdisciplinary team and with extrauniversity researchers, and it 
facilitates communication between the university and the industrial 
researchers.  Research in instrumentation provides new economic opportunities 
both in improved optical instrumentation and in the application of the 
instrumentation, and it provides a bridge between the R&D environment and the 
application of the technology to meet national needs in health, environment, 
energy, national security, and space.

Critical Challenges

The Instrumentation and Sensing panel recognized that new optical sources and 
technologies can lead to the development of new instrument capabilities for 
characterization, monitoring, manipulation, testing, and processing of 

With these capabilities in mind, the panel identified the following critical 
challenges in new instrumentation and sensing that will improve scientific and 
technological capability and ultimately lead to commercializable products.

New microscopes including confocal, scanning probe, time-resolved, twophoton, 
field synthesis, and x-ray microscopes, need to be developed.  Such new 
microscopes will have applications in biology and bioengineering, advanced 
materials, environmental studies, biochemistry, and microfabrication and 
nanofabrication and testing.  Advanced telescope systems for astronomical 
observation and tracking and for environmental monitoring on a global scale are 
a critical need.  Medical imaging systems, including noninvasive optical 
imaging spectroscopes, x-ray, and other spectroscopes for internal and external 
diagnostics, with the goal of developing new, better, safer, and lower-cost 
systems are an identified critical challenge.  Massively distributed sensor 
networks for the realtime monitoring of large civil infrastructure systems such 
as highways, bridges, pipelines, buildings, electrical generation, and 
distribution systems is a research need along with self-calibrated instruments 
that would be used to explore the interface between optical hardware and 
computer software for advanced robust systems for remote applications.

To accomplish advances in the above-identified instrumentation and sensing 
systems requires progress in enabling optical component technologies.  These 
enabling component technologies include light sources, detectors, transducers, 
Optics and electro-optics, and display systems.  The light sources also include 
lasers from the far infrared, infrared, visible, ultraviolet, and extended 
vacuum ultraviolet regions of the spectrum.  These advanced laser sources would 
have to be controlled in their spectral, power, energy, and pulse width 
parameters.  The applications of these advanced light sources include 
chemistry, trace analysis, remote sensing, lidar, surgery, micromachining, 
optical data storage, process control, and displays.

The advances in detectors include the need for two-dimension arrays of greater 
size and sensitivity, increased spectral range, and increased readout rate.  
Arrays with on-chip processing would have applications to spectral analysis, 
data acquisition, biomedical imaging, and astronomy.

Transducers, including those with optical fiber and integrated signal 
processing, are an essential element in any optical instrumentation and sensing 
system.  There is a need for transducers for biological, chemical, mechanical, 
thermal, and physical measurements.  The enabling component technologies also 
extend to optical and electro-optical components, especially nonlinear optical 
materials and devices for shifting laser wavelengths to new regions, 
spectroscopic elements, modulators, and advanced optical manufacturing 
capabilities in optical coatings and aspheric Optics.

Finally, display system advances, especially advances in high-resolution two- 
and three-dimensional displays, are critical to instrumentation and sensors 

Advances in optical components allow advanced optical instrumentation systems 
to be developed.  Instrumentation that has been identified that has particular 
promise for near-term applications includes a microscope that is integrated 
from the light source to the detector and display with applications to 
biomedicine, chemistry, and nanofabrication.  Remotesensing instrumentation for 
environmental sensing has applications to both local  and global scale 
environmental measurements and monitoring.  Process control instrumentation for 
advanced manufacturing and optical metrology for manufacturing control are also 
identified instrumentation needs.


The proposed initiative in OS&E should involve NSF-wide support.  Individual 
research proposals would likely involve some level of support from more than 
one NSF directorate.  It is suggested that all NSF directorates be involved in 
the initiative and that proposal review panels incorporate multi-disciplinary 
input for proposal evaluation.  In addition to crossing NSF directorate 
boundaries, the proposed research projects are encouraged, but not required, to 
include other organizations such as industry, government laboratories, small 
businesses, multiple universities, and state and local governments.  This 
interaction with other agencies and entities is especially encouraged when it 
brings to the project multi-disciplinary expertise, specialized equipment, or 
test facilities.  Where the proposed initiative is similar to that of existing 
or planned major initiatives of other government agencies or industrial 
consortia, the relationship and unique contribution of the proposed initiative 
should be explained.

The proposed initiative should include an educational component.  From an 
educational standpoint, the instrumentation-oriented research requires a 
systems perspective which is typically a missing link between academia and 
industry.  Students working in this area will see firsthand how scientific and 
engineering links must be formed, not only from a design perspective but also 
from the perspective of practical teamwork and personal interactions.  
Instrumentation research also has the attractive feature of allowing the 
involvement of undergraduate students in the assembly, measurement, and testing 

The panel suggests several possible mechanisms for enhanced research and 
education in instrumentation and sensing initiatives.  Training internships 
could be a part of the research initiative allowing students to work on site at 
a company or national laboratory.  Conversely, representatives from industry or 
national labs would be encouraged to work at the host institution.  
Investigators should be encouraged to incorporate possible involvement at the 
local primary and secondary schools and to disseminate the research results to 
the general public.



The panel reports on critical challenges in OS&E and recommendations for the 
implementation of an NSF-wide initiative were discussed in a plenary session of 
the workshop.  Several themes were apparent from the discussion and were 
reinforced in the conversation.

It is clear from the panel reports that there are several significant 
opportunities in OS&E that could lead to leapfrog advances in science and 
technology across multiple disciplines.  OS&E is clearly multidisciplinary in 
nature, and research may be best performed by small teams of investigators.

Small teams of investigators can attack problems that are more complex than 
those usually studied by a single investigator.  The team approach also 
involves students in collaboration with other team members and with other 
laboratories, universities, and industry groups when appropriate.  This joint 
venture approach to the research initiative would allow NSF support to be 

The workshop participants noted that NSF's directorate and division structure 
is vertically integrated and that there are very few programs that are funded 
across directorate lines.  The workshop also noted that the merit review 
process for this multi-disciplinary initiative in OS&E would have to be 
reviewed by a panel composed of experts from appropriate disciplines.  This in 
turn argued that the initiative should be NSF-wide to be successful.

The workshop participants then discussed the importance of evaluating the 
research with respect to NSF strategic goals and the long-term national needs.  
The participants agreed that the evaluation should contain an element that 
judged the research initiative in light of national needs.  Further, the 
participants agreed that the panel reports had identified research initiatives 
in OS&E that were timely and compelling in their potential to spur leapfrog 
advances in science and technology.


Based on the panel reports and the plenary discussion, the workshop recommends 
that NSF create an agency-wide, multi-disciplinary, research initiative in 
Optical Science and Engineering.

It was noted that the panel reports identified some common characteristics of 
the research initiatives in OS&E.  One of the characteristics was the 
opportunity for the research initiative to be conducted by small teams of 
investigators and coinvestigators from multiple disciplines.  The 
multi-disciplinary nature of the research led to the recommendation that the 
research in OS&E be evaluated by multidisciplinary review panels.

Further, it was noted that the panel reports all had identified areas of OS&E 
research that were of importance to the nation, to NSF, and to the 
investigators.  OS&E is an enabling technology for the nation that has the 
potential for significant impact to many disciplines.  This discussion led to 
the recommendation that the research be evaluated in the light of longterm 
national goals.

The interdisciplinary nature of the OS&E research was noted by more than one 
panel.  The workshop also noted that this scale of research would fill the gap 
between the individual investigator research and the center level of research, 
both of which are now supported by NSF.  The workshop recommends that the 
research in OS&E be conducted by small teams of investigators representing 
several disciplines.

The panel reports also addressed the education and training aspects of the 
proposed initiative in OS&E.  It was noted that research in small teams 
involves students in a learning environment and in a style of problem solving 
that is closer to the norm in industry and is valuable to industry.  It was 
also noted that students should spend time in industrial laboratories and, 
equally important, that industrial scientists should be supported to spend time 
in the university research environment.  The workshop recommends that the 
projects incorporate education and training as an integral part of the effort.

Example Proposals

The plenary discussions were positive and reinforced the concept that OS&E 
offered significant opportunities to enable advances in many disciplines.  
However, there was some discomfort expressed that the panel reports were broad 
in scope and did not attempt to prioritize critical challenges.  Perhaps the 
panels could be more focused in their recommendations if their deliberations 
were to address a set of issues in a common format.

The above concerns were addressed by suggesting that the panels prepare a mock 
proposal describing the critical challenge in the highest-priority research 
opportunity within each panel's technical area.  This approach had the 
advantage of focusing the panel deliberations on priority setting and testing 
the programmatic elements of the proposed NSF-wide initiative.  The task of 
creating a proposal in OS&E would help to bring forward those questions that 
remained unresolved.

A "call for proposals"  to address critical challenges in OS&E was prepared and 
presented to the panels.  Each panel responded by preparing a proposal 
describing the highest-priority critical challenge in the technical area.  The 
process proved to be valuable and informative.  The proposals were presented to 
the workshop by the panel chairs.  Here an element of competition was evident 
as the panel chairs described their highestpriority critical challenge to the 
workshop in competition with the other five panel proposals.  The process 
confirmed that there are significant opportunities for identifying critical 
challenges in OS&E even on short notice, and the process identified issues that 
needed clarification regarding the programmatic elements of the proposals.

It was recognized that the multi-disciplinary research programs were more 
complex than the typical single-investigator programs and that to be successful 
NSF needs to support the research program for a longer period and needs to 
leverage its funds.

The final two recommendations of the workshop were:  First, the research should 
be supported for three to five years' duration, and NSF funds should be 
leveraged by encouraging cooperation with other agencies, laboratories, 
universities, and industry.  Second, this agency-wide, multi-disciplinary 
initiative should be reviewed after five years and be evaluated by an 
established set of criteria as to its success.

The panel mock proposals also opened discussion as to what should be required 
and what should be recommended aspects of the OS&E research initiatives.  The 
workshop agreed that the incorporation of the educational programmatic elements 
into the initiatives should be highly recommended but not required.   The 
workshop agreed that cooperative research with other agencies, government 
laboratories, universities, and industry should also be recommended but not 
required.  The addition of hard requirements for research initiatives as 
complex as these was seen as  an unnecessary burden on the investigators who 
were to identify critical challenges and propose approaches to solving them 
through small-team-led research efforts.


The proposed NSF-wide initiative in OS&E builds on the core strengths of 
disciplines housed in the Foundation's directorates and divisions.  However, 
the proposed initiative in OS&E creates a new type of multidisciplinary 
research that bridges across the directorates and disciplines.  The projects 
would be proposed and conducted by teams of investigators and coinvestigators 
from more than one discipline.  The proposed research initiative builds on NSF 
traditions of an investigator-initiated bottom-up proposal process.  However, 
proposals are evaluated by panels of experts knowledgeable in the relevant 
disciplines.  Educational and traineeship elements are to be an integral part 
of the research initiative.  Based on the deliberations of the panels, whose 
members represented six aspects of OS&E, it is expected that this NSF-wide 
initiative, if adopted, would have significant impact on NSF strategic goals.  
Research in OS&E offers the opportunity for leapfrog technical advances that 
would enable progress in long-range national goals ranging from the nation's 
information infrastructure, advanced manufacturing, and remote sensing for 
environmental and global studies, to the use of new optical tools in biology, 
biotechnology, and medicine.

The workshop noted that the nation had been driven by technology innovations in 
the past 100 years and is now moving to an informationdriven era.  More than 
one panel identified a critical challenge in OS&E that addressed the NII.  From 
advanced materials to new optical sources, panels noted the importance of OS&E 
to the information highway of the future.  New OS&E breakthroughs must occur if 
the ON/OFF ramp for the information highway is to be designed.  Further, there 
was a clearly identified need for information storage and retrieval if all 
citizens are to have access to the highway.  The need for a "paper-like" 
display was noted in order to overcome the current flat panel display 
technology limitations of a hard glass display that takes considerable power to 
operate and lacks the high-fidelity image quality of a paper display.  The 
manufacturing panel noted that new techniques for inexpensive manufacturing of 
such a display must also be invented if the "paper-like" display is to become 

New optical and photonic materials were another common theme of the panel 
reports and were reinforced in the plenary discussion.  New materials ranged 
from nonlinear optical materials for laser wavelength conversion to 
semiconductor materials for the blue laser of the future to biological "soft" 
materials that are only now being investigated.  It was noted that, although 
Optics is important for the evaluation and understanding of biological 
materials and systems, Optics has not been integrated into biology.  There is 
clearly a need to alter our educational structure to allow the training of 
students in both the physical and biological aspects of nature.  There was an 
appreciation that the newer optical tools of microscopy and laser manipulation 
of biological matter through the invention of "laser tweezers" were to have an 
important impact on biology in the future.

Research in OS&E offers an opportunity to define the interface for the 
information era where the storage, switching, and display of information at the 
ON/OFF ramp of the information superhighway will be achieved through advanced 
optical technologies.  The ability to make these technologies, such as a 
"paper-like" electronic display, inexpensive is critical to opening access to 
the information highway to all citizens of the nation.  In turn, the ability to 
access the information, to store and retrieve it at will, and to display it in 
a convenient manner will have an impact on the education and productivity of 
all citizens.

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jewn McCain

ASSASSIN of JFK, Patton, many other Whites

killed 264 MILLION Christians in WWII

killed 64 million Christians in Russia

holocaust denier extraordinaire--denying the Armenian holocaust

millions dead in the Middle East

tens of millions of dead Christians

LOST $1.2 TRILLION in Pentagon
spearheaded torture & sodomy of all non-jews
millions dead in Iraq

42 dead, mass murderer Goldman LOVED by jews

serial killer of 13 Christians

the REAL terrorists--not a single one is an Arab

serial killers are all jews

framed Christians for anti-semitism, got caught
left 350 firemen behind to die in WTC

legally insane debarred lawyer CENSORED free speech

mother of all fnazis, certified mentally ill

10,000 Whites DEAD from one jew LIE

moser HATED by jews: he followed the law Jesus--from a "news" person!!

1000 fold the child of perdition


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