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1 June 1973 Potential Of The Electro-Optics Industry
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Electro-optics, in the broad marketing sense, has more recently come to include the systems dealing with optical phenomena any-where in the electromagnetic spectrum. The electro-optics businesses in the United States, Japan and Western Europe have grown rapidly to a $10 billion a year level as of 1972. Current estimates are that the world electro-optics industry will reach a $35-40 billion level by 1980. A great deal of potential of the electro-optics industry relates to the fact that it is a major segment of and interlink with the knowledge industry, and significant in many types of information and communications advances. A great deal of the work in electro-optics involves handling visual information. This places it in an unusual position as regards the coming "video society." In information handling by computer, electro-optics may be used to provide inputs, processing, communications, and printed or visual output. The continual emergence of new technologies produces new opportunities. Examples are: integrated optical circuitry, charge transfer devices, and other optoelectronic components which make possible major new systems for industry, education, consumer, military, and other markets. This paper briefly touches upon the subjects of major economic import currently estimated for the electro-optics industry.
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Herbert A. Elion "Potential Of The Electro-Optics Industry", Proc. SPIE 0038, Electro-Optics Principles and Applications, (1 June 1973);

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