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Development of optics education in the United States
Author(s): Brian J. Thompson

Paper Abstract

Certainly, there is currently a great wealth of educational opportunity in the United States for students interested in optics. In the current Guide to Optics Programs Worldwide published by SPIE -The International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE, 1991), there are over 80 listings for the United States and 28 in other countries — and this does not claim to be an exhaustive listing since it requires the institution offering the program to send in the information. The Optical Society of America also publishes an informative listing in a Guide to Optics Courses and Programs in North American Colleges and Universities (OSA 1990). This guide includes most of the physics departments and many electrical engineering departments that offer one course, several courses, a concentration or a formal degree. Both of these listings cover the range from the associate level to the doctoral level of programs and courses. This explosion in the number of programs is really quite recent given the history of education in optics in the United States.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57842
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Brian J. Thompson, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1603:
Education in Optics
Gregory B. Altshuler; Brian J. Thompson, Editor(s)

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