Hamamatsu launches an educational website about light in celebration of the International Year of Light

Hamamatsu Photonics K.K. has produced an educational website called Photon terrace to celebrate the United Nationʼs proclamation of 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light- based Technologies. The website introduces visitors to light in a variety of ways, such as the fascinating nature of light and the many scientific and technological applications of light.


Visitors can also view re-published movies originally made in the 1980ʼs such as “Youngʼs Interference Experiment with a single photon”, these movies are truly worthwhile viewing by people in this photonics century.

This website will prove to be an excellent platform to outreach and educate young people in the nature and science of light and to encourage both students and teachers to “think about light and photons”.

Photon terrace is designed for easy viewing on mobile devices as well as on a PC.

To find out more visit: http://photonterrace.net/en/

About IYL 2015

The International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies (IYL 2015) is a global initiative adopted by the United Nations (A/RES/68/221) to raise awareness of how optical technologies promote sustainable development and provide solutions to worldwide challenges in energy, education, agriculture, communications and health.  With UNESCO as lead agency, IYL 2015 programs will promote improved public and political understanding of the central role of light in the modern world while also celebrating noteworthy anniversaries in 2015—from the first studies of optics 1,000 years ago to discoveries in optical communications that power the Internet today.  The IYL Global Secretariat is located at the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP).

The Founding Partners of IYL 2015 are the American Institute of Physics (AIP), the American Physical Society (APS), the Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft (DPG), the European Physical Society (EPS), the Abdus Salam International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP), the IEEE Photonics Society (IPS), the Institute of Physics (IOP), Light: Science and Applications, the lightsources.org International Network, 1001 Inventions, The Optical Society (OSA) and the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE). 

Patron Sponsors include Bosca, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Royal Philips Lighting, Thorlabs and UL.


Hamamatsu Photonics Europe

John Dudley
Steering Committee Chair
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015

Joe Niemela
Global Coordinator (IYL Secretariat)
International Year of Light and Light-based Technologies 2015