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Queen's University of Belfast Master of Science course in optoelectronics and optical information processing
Author(s): Brian Bates; Christopher H. B. Mee

Paper Abstract

The aims and curriculum of a one-year Master's course, designed to give a specialised introduction to the field of Opto-Electronics, are summarised. The course was instituted in 1968, when the subject matter was mainly laser physics, laser systems and their applications. Subsequent reviews of the course material, most recently in 1987, have increased the emphasis on optical communications, image processing and other IT material. The course comprises 180 hours of lectures arranged in six 30-hour units: Electromagnetic radiation and design of optical imaging systems; Optical and opto-electronic materials; Photon sources; Photon detectors and image storage; Information theory and optical information processing; Modern optical systems. Practical classes are at the rate of 10 hours per week for two terms. Students also carry out a literature survey and write an essay on a topic of current opto-electronic interest. Following written examinations, successful students carry out a three-month research project in an industrial laboratory or in association with one of the Department's research divisions. Statistics on the recruitment, qualifications and funding of students are presented, together with information on the initial placement of graduates in the optical industry and elsewhere.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 March 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1603, Education in Optics, (1 March 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.57865
Show Author Affiliations
Brian Bates, Queen's Univ. of Belfast (United Kingdom)
Christopher H. B. Mee, Queen's Univ. of Belfast (United Kingdom)


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

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