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Initial estimates for how many jobs the AIM Photonics Institute in Rochester would create were in the thousands, but according to some experts, that kind of economic growth is difficult to predict.


We know what photonics is — it's the science and application of particles of light, called photons.

And we know what it does — photonics technology makes lasers and LEDs, and it is being integrated into microchips and advancing imaging systems.

But the creation of a photonics institute in Rochester is actually part of a national push toward investing in manufacturing jobs.

Hundreds of jobs are coming to the Rochester area as a result of the recent push into photonics, which involves the use of light in robotics, medical imaging and other fields. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo was among the officials making the announcement today at the Eastman Business Park, telling the crowd that two companies, Photonica and Avogy, will be coming to Canal Ponds and the Eastman Business Park.

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Sure, 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the laser. Sure, the Laser Science XXVI and Frontiers in Optics 2010 conferences are joining forces at the Rochester convention center this week. Sure, Rochester is still a world leader in optics and photonics.

But can the Rochester optics community throw a party?

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For those of you who haven’t been following LaserFest, 2010 is the 50th anniversary of the laser.