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Career pathways and ladders for photonics technicians
Author(s): Arthur H. Guenther; Daniel M. Hull

Paper Abstract

Since operational lasers were first demonstrated in 1960, the field of laser/electro-optics has become an indispensable, rapidly expanding component of modern industry. With the emergence of numerous medical and telecommunication applications in the 1980s, including fiber-optics, the field of laser/electro-optics evolved into photonics, a broad field encompassing optoelectronics, micro-optics, lasers, digital imaging, spectroscopy, optical instruments, and optical systems. Today photonics is not only a technology field in and of itself but is also an enabler of nearly every other technology field, including microtechnology, measurement and materials processing, remote sensing, photolithography for semiconductors, nanotechnology, electro-optics displays and imaging, and national defense.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96641V (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207678
Show Author Affiliations
Arthur H. Guenther, Univ. of New Mexico (United States)
Daniel M. Hull, Ctr. for Occupational Research and Development (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9664:
Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
François Flory, Editor(s)

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