Photon science encompasses all aspects of creating, measuring and using light for science. Photon science allows us to discover new things about the properties of all kinds of physical and biological matter, enabling us to answer questions of what things are and how and why they work.
The use and detection of light is the foundation of many modern day technologies and is being used more and more in everyday life. The ubiquitous CD and DVD players, mobile phones and flat panel TVs all use photon science technology. In medicine, photon science is at the forefront of new discoveries and enables a wide variety of diagnostics and therapies to be undertaken. As a discipline, photon science drives discoveries across a diverse range of fields including biology, chemistry, communications, medicine, physics, astronomy, engineering and materials science. For examples of emerging photon science, see the work published by members of the Photon Science Institute.