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The genesis of the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida
Author(s): M. J. Soileau

Paper Abstract

Optics has emerged as a major "topic" in modern science and engineering. In fact, optics is playing an ever more important role in the world's economy and in medicine, as well as in military systems. However, in most academic institutions, optics (or any of its more contemporary names, such as photonics, quantum electronics, electro-optics, laser science, etc.) is confined to a course or two within the more "traditional" disciplines of physical science and engineering. In the language of mathematics, optics has not been considered as one of the base vectors (i.e., disciplines) used to define academic institutions. A notable exception is the emergence of the first college at an American University, the College of Optics and Photonics at UCF, devoted to optical science and engineering. The evolution of the academic research center CREOL (initially the Center for Research in Electro-Optics and Lasers) into a center devoted to research and education, to a School of Optics, and now the College of Optics and Photonics, will be reviewed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2005
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9664, Ninth International Topical Meeting on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics, 96642B (24 October 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.2207757
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M. J. Soileau, Univ. of Central Florida (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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