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Education for optics as a service technology
Author(s): D. William Swift

Paper Abstract

Optics for industry today is a branch of engineering; at this level the science is well understood and what is required is the ability to use it to make devices and systems for application. The optical and electro-optical companies which specialize in this area are able to educate and train their own employees satisfactorily as a consequence of their extensive experience, even if their new recruits are inadequately informed when they join; but in fact many of them come from universities with strong optical departments and so are very well informed. However, because optics is today so widely used throughout industry, for everything from alignment, communications and data storage to security and viewing, it is becoming a service technology and many non- specialist engineers now need to use and understand optical and electro-optical systems. This presents new challenges, and this paper considers how they might be met.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 December 1997
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 3190, Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics, (8 December 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.294374
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D. William Swift, Swift Technical Services (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3190:
Fifth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics
Christiaan H. F. Velzel, Editor(s)

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