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Resources for Optics, Photonics, and Laser Technicians

Optical Technician Resources

The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, OP-TEC, was a consortium of two-year colleges, high schools, universities, national laboratories, industry partners, and professional societies funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program.

OP-TEC created resources to empower two-year colleges to prepare technicians in optics and photonics. 

SPIE is host for the Course Materials and Faculty Teaching Materials that were created by this program.

Course Materials

Laser Optics and Photonics Series

Course 1: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, 3rd Edition

Course 1: Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, 3rd Edition

Course 2: Laser Systems and Applications, 2nd Edition

Course 2: Laser Systems and Applications, 2nd Edition

Integrated Photonics

Integrated Photonics

Intro to Lasers and Optics

Intro to Lasers and Optics

Photonics Lab Manual for High Schools

Photonics Lab Manual for High Schools

 

 


 

Photonics Enabled Technologies Modules: Manufacturing

Laser Material Removal: Drilling, Cutting, and Marking

Laser Material Removal: Drilling, Cutting, and Marking

Laser Welding and Surface Treatment

Laser Welding and Surface Treatment

Lasers in Testing and Measurement: Alignment, Profiling, and Position Sensing

Lasers in Testing and Measurement: Alignment, Profiling, and Position Sensing

Lasers in Testing and Measurement: Interferometric and Nondestructive Testing

Lasers in Testing and Measurement: Interferometric and Nondestructive Testing

   

 


 

Photonics Enabled Technologies Modules: Forensic Science and Homeland Security

Imaging System Performance for Homeland Security

Imaging System Performance for Homeland Security

Infrared Systems for Homeland Security

Infrared Systems for Homeland Security

Lasers in Forensic Science and Homeland Security

Lasers in Forensic Science and Homeland Security

 


 

Photonics Enabled Technologies Modules: Biomedicine

Diagnostic Applications of Lasers

Diagnostic Applications of Lasers

Lasers in Medicine and Surgery

Lasers in Medicine and Surgery

Therapeutic Applications of Lasers

Therapeutic Applications of Lasers

 


 

Photonics Enabled Technologies Modules: Environmental Monitoring

Basics of Spectroscopy

Basics of Spectroscopy

Spectroscopy and Pollution Monitoring

Spectroscopy and Pollution Monitoring

Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing

Spectroscopy and Remote Sensing

 


 

Photonics Enabled Technologies Modules: Optoelectronics

Photonics in Nanotechnology

Photonics in Nanotechnology

Photonics in Nanotechnology Measurement: A study of Atomic Force Microscopy

Photonics in Nanotechnology Measurement: A study of Atomic Force Microscopy

Photonics Principles in Photovoltaic Cell Technology

Photonics Principles in Photovoltaic Cell Technology

 


 

Precision Optics Series

Quality Assurance of Precision Optics

Quality Assurance of Precision Optics

Metrology of Optical Systems

Metrology of Optical Systems

 

 


 

Mathematics Materials

Essential Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

Essential Mathematics for Engineering Technicians

Mathematics for Photonics Education Supplemental Text

Mathematics for Photonics Education

 

National Science Foundation

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1303732. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

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