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Fall Bi-Annual IA Meeting—Oct. 20-22

Industrial Associates member companies are cordially invited to join the faculty and students of The Institute of Optics for its 2021 Fall Industrial Associates Meeting. Registration is now open!

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HOME MS Program

The Hybrid Optics Master’s Education (HOME) program offers the world-renowned Institute of Optics MS, taking advantage of the best remote-learning practice and a special in person component crafted to meet the needs of busy professionals.

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Educating the next generation of optics leaders

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Studying light's generation, propagation, detection and interaction with matter

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Combining physics, engineering, chemistry and materials science

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Major & Minor

Pursue a degree or take courses in optics or optical engineering.

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Graduate Studies

We emphasize collaboration and collegiality in our master’s and doctoral programs.

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Optics Research

Research includes quantum optics, nanophotonics, optoelectronics, and more.

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Industrial Associates

The IA Program provides training and informational benefits to participating companies and allows the Institute to learn more about industry needs and concerns. This exchange improves our partners’ ability to use modern optical technology while increasing our ability to educate individuals to assume key roles within their companies.

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Job Openings

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Summer Courses Online

Registration is now open for the 60th Annual Summer Short Course Series (offered online). See our summer courses page for more information and to register.

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An illustration of the optical fiber Kerr resonator, which Rochester researchers used with a spectral filter to create highly chirped laser pulses. The rainbow pattern in the foreground shows how the colors of a chirped laser pulse are separated in time. (University of Rochester illustration / Michael Osadciw)

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Novel chirped pulses defy ‘conventional wisdom’

Rochester researchers have advanced a groundbreaking technique first pioneered at the University’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics. As a result, they’ve produced chirped pulses in a way that works even with relatively low-quality, inexpensive equipment.

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The average starting salary for the Institute of Optics class of 2018 was $76,620.


Approximately 5 percent of the Institute of Optics class of 2018 went on to participate in programs such as the Fulbright Scholarship.

Career outcomes graph for a major in optics (class of 2018).
Thirty eight percent of the 2018 optics majors report they are working after graduation while sixty three percent are continuing their education.

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