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Optics education within engineering at University College Dublin
Author(s): John T. Sheridan; Gerald Byrne; Patrick Connolly; Brian Glennon; Conor Heneghan; David Fitzpatrick; Donal Finn; Michael Gilchrist; Patricia Kieran; Frank McLoughlin; Brian Mulkeen; Neal Murphy; William O'Connor; Ronan F. O'Dowd; Mark J. O'Malley; Malachy O'Rourke; Richard Reilly
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Paper Abstract

Undergraduate students within many of the departments which make up the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at University College Dublin meet optics, optical inspection techniques and opto-electronics at various times during their standard four year undergraduate degree course. As well as optics fundamentals taught as part of their physics courses, engineering courses specifically concerning optics and opto-electronics are available. Furthermore many graduate students are involved in either projects, which are completely optics based, or carry out research projects involving the use or development of specific optical instruments. These projects include the development of image processing capture and processing software, high power laser machining of materials, design and testing of lasers for fiber optic telecommunication and sensing applications and photochemistry. In this paper we offer a brief review of some of the main optical educational themes covered within our faculty and present some details regarding a few optics based postgraduate research projects.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 2003
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4876, Opto-Ireland 2002: Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications, (27 August 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.463936
Show Author Affiliations
John T. Sheridan, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Gerald Byrne, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Patrick Connolly, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Brian Glennon, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Conor Heneghan, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
David Fitzpatrick, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Donal Finn, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Michael Gilchrist, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Patricia Kieran, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Frank McLoughlin, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Brian Mulkeen, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Neal Murphy, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
William O'Connor, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Ronan F. O'Dowd, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Mark J. O'Malley, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Malachy O'Rourke, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)
Richard Reilly, Univ. College Dublin (Ireland)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4876:
Opto-Ireland 2002: Optics and Photonics Technologies and Applications
Vincent Toal; Norman Douglas McMillan; Gerard M. O'Connor; Eon O'Mongain; Austin F. Duke; John F. Donegan; James A. McLaughlin; Brian D. MacCraith; Werner J. Blau, Editor(s)

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