In commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the adoption of the value of speed of light at the General Conference of Weights and Measures, we celebrated the International Day of Photonics on October 21st. This year’s event centered around the theme of “engaging young talents,” therefore we have invited high school students to celebrate with us.
The Day of Photonics commenced with a lecture by PhD Michał Karpiński, who delved into the topic of light transmission through optical fibers. Additionally, we could listen to presentations given by PhD Eng. Tomasz Kardas and PhD Łukasz Zinkiewicz on subjects of constructing ultrafast lasers and Nobel Prize for attosecond lasers. Maciej Nowakowski shared insights into the photonics industry in Poland, while PhD Eng. Kamil Pierściński discussed devices functioning in the infrared spectrum, and Zofia Dziekan explored light-powered micro tools.
The event also featured an engaging quiz with enticing prizes. The grand prize included a tour of the laboratories within the Łukasiewicz Research Network. During the break, attendees had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with Polish companies and institutions associated with photonics, such as Fluence, the Institute of Microelectronics and Photonics within the Łukasiewicz Research Network, Sygnis, and Signify.