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Optics Overview-Past And Present
Author(s): Nicholas A Passino; Gary E. Eberhart; H. Darrell Holt
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Paper Abstract

An overview of optics technology advances from World War II to the present is given. This overview concentrates on subject matter pertinent to the session "Optics to the Year 2000." The development of a typical technology from the conceptual level to deployment is discussed. A summary of the dollar growth in optics technology over the past 10 years is also provided. Significant events in each of seven optics technologies are discussed: fiber optics, high-power lasers, integrated optics, flat-panel displays, solar cells, medical optics, and space optics. Discussion of these areas includes their history, applications, "drivers," current limitations, industrial base, and current status of each. Finally, a summary is given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 September 1980
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0258, Optics to the Year 2000, (30 September 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959624
Show Author Affiliations
Nicholas A Passino, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
Gary E. Eberhart, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)
H. Darrell Holt, Teledyne Brown Engineering (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0258:
Optics to the Year 2000
William O. Davies, Editor(s)

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