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Presenter: Dr Angela Dudley, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Presenter: Dr Darryl Naidoo, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
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Globally, the photonics market has rapidly grown over the last few years and has recently over-taken the electronics market. Photonics is a term referring to the science and technology of applying, manipulating and using light. It is an enabler to many industries ranging from defence, security and sensors, industrial manufacturing, energy, lighting and displays, information and communications and life sciences. Apart from implementing Photonics-based technologies to address societal challenges such as energy generation, health-care and security; it is a driving force in accelerating economic growth. Unfortunately, South Africa has a miniscule share of this very lucrative market. There exists so much untapped potential for South Africa in the photonics market: it can become a significant driver for our economic growth, in the form of job creation and increase in revenue. One of the major contributing factors to South Africa having a miniscule share of the global photonics market is that frequently, many South African invented photonics technologies never reach a market-ready state. For this reason we will present the ‘stumbling blocks’ & opportunities that exists within the RSA Photonics community.
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Angela Dudley is a senior researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre in Pretoria. After receiving her MSc in Physics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Angela joined the CSIR National Laser Centre on a PhD studentship in 2008. Her PhD research realised two novel measurement techniques for optical fields. She received her PhD in June 2012 from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and subsequently commenced a Postdoctoral Fellowship within the Mathematical Optics group at the NLC. Her research has resulted in 22 peer-reviewed journal articles and 25 international conference proceedings. She has been awarded two SPIE scholarships and the 2012 CSIR Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding Performance by a PhD Student’. In 2015 she was the recipient of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) Silver Jubilee medal. She has been invited to spend time in overseas laboratories such as the University of Glasgow, North Carolina State University and the City College of New York. Currently, she is a senior researcher at the NLC and holds a visiting lecturer position at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is also serving her second 6-year term on the Optical Society of America’s (OSA) Membership and Education Services (MES) council.
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Darryl Naidoo is a senior researcher at the CSIR National Laser Centre in Pretoria. After receiving his BSc Hons in Physics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Darryl joined the CSIR National Laser Centre on an MSc studentship in 2009. He later went on to do his PhD in Physics which was focused on the design and construction of novel lasers. He received his PhD in March 2015 from the University of Stellenbosch and his research has resulted in 12 peer-reviewed journal articles and 14 international conference proceedings. He has been awarded a SPIE scholarship, the 2012 CSIR Excellence Award for ‘Student Award’ and the 2014 CSIR Excellence Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution by a Team Award’. He has been invited to spend time in overseas laboratories such as the Université de Caen, France and the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany. Currently, he is a Senior Researcher at the NLC where he leads the Laser Beam Shaping area and is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of the Witwatersrand. He also sits on an international conference committee for Photonics Instrumentation Engineering at SPIE Photonics West.