Right now, I am somewhat ignorant of the current developments in Optics/Photonics and as such have no clue on the what the future holds for the field. This is one of the fields I am considering for graduate school so the future of the field has a fair amount of weight in the decision to apply to the field. Are there new innovations in laser research and applications? Does it seem like there will be more in the future? Same question for basically the rest of Photonics. (Any research in Optics being done applying to Space Exploration would be a huuuuuge factor for me) I know this is asking for a fairly information heavy answer but any response would be greatly appreciated.