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Remote-controlled photonics laboratories for distance learning
Author(s): David H. Lieberman; Tak D. Cheung

Paper Abstract

At Queensborough Community College, with the support of the National Science Foundation (Advanced Technological Education grant award #DUE - 9752061), we have addressed the issues of distance learning and laboratories and are adapting courses for our Laser and Fiber-Optics Technology Program for distance learning. The 'problem' of the laboratory is solved by remote-controlled laboratory equipment. We have completed the work on course materials in physical optics, lasers and fiber optics. Course materials include interactive multimedia textbooks and laboratory manuals along with the remote-controlled laboratory exercises. The remote-controlled exercises are 'real' experiments with 'real' data as opposed to simulations. The real nature of the exercises allows for the unexpected, which occurs in any laboratory situation. Remote-controlled laboratory exercises include interferometry, diffraction, polarization, acousto-optics, electro-optics, second harmonic generation, Q-switching, modelocking, thermal lensing, diode laser characteristics, laser principles, optical time domain reflectometry, coupling losses, wave division multiplexing and characteristics of fiber optic switches and couplers. As course materials were developed they were tested at a remote site, Suffolk County Community College.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 May 2002
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 4588, Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, (28 May 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.468714
Show Author Affiliations
David H. Lieberman, Queensborough Community College (United States)
Tak D. Cheung, Queensborough Community College (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4588:
Seventh International Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics
Tuan-Kay Lim; Robert P. Breault; Arthur H. Guenther; Arthur H. Guenther, Editor(s)

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