What is Optics?
Optics is all about light: how it’s generated, propagated, and detected. It is a multidisciplinary endeavor with its roots in physics, electrical engineering, chemistry, and materials science.
Optical applications can be found in every aspect of our lives, from contact lenses to fiber-optics communication. The study of optics has led scientist to produce ground breaking inventions like the laser and the holograph.
Optics allows for a wide range of modern research topics. The Institute’s current research topics include:
- Optical and quantum information processing
- Subwavelength optics (nano-optics)
- Subpicosecond lasers and phenomena
- Nonlinear optical materials
- Gradient index optics
- Quantum nature of absorption and emission of light
- Light propagation in microstructures
- Quantum imaging
- Slow and fast light propagation
- Theory, design, and fabrication of lasers
- Optimization of computer based optical system design
- Hybrid electrical-optical computing
- Remote sensing
- Physics of super-intense fields
- Diffractive optics
- Medical optics
- Fabrication of quantum-well devices
- Nonlinear dynamics and chaos
- Laser-driven fusion
Learn more about research done at the Institute of Optics by visiting our research page.