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OptoSci educator kits: an immediate solution to photonics teaching laboratories
Author(s): Douglas Walsh; David Moodie; Iain Mauchline; Walter Johnstone; Brian Culshaw

Paper Abstract

The burgeoning growth of the worldwide photonics and optical communications industry has imposed ever increasing demands on the supply of suitably skilled engineers and scientists who can design, install and operate modern photonics systems. In recognition of this need OptoSci, in collaboration with university academics, has commercially developed a series of hardware based teaching packages in optics, optoelectronics and optical communications. Each educator kit is fully self-contained, including all of the optoelectronic hardware and comprehensive literature support. This saves the academic tutor considerable development time and enables the kits to be immediately installed in the photonics teaching laboratory to support accompanying lecture courses. A fundamental design objective of our educator kits is to provide students with hands-on practical experience of photonics components, instruments and systems and allow them to investigate essential physical principles and key technical issues relevant to their lecture courses. This paper will outline the design philosophy behind the products to meet the desired educational aims, and then examine the specific educational objectives and topics investigated in each educator kit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 October 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9663, Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96632C (6 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.2207510
Show Author Affiliations
Douglas Walsh, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
David Moodie, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Iain Mauchline, OptoSci Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Walter Johnstone, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)
Brian Culshaw, Univ. of Strathclyde (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9663:
Eighth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Barry L. Shoop; Grover Swartzlander, Editor(s)

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