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2019 Summer Short Course Series

In 2019, the Institute of Optics will hold its 58th annual summer school short-course series, offering a mix of one-week courses and two-and-a-half-day courses from June 10-21, 2019.

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Optics alumna and professor earn Nobel Prize

Donna Strickland '89 (PhD) and former optics professor Gérard Mourou shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their work at the Laboratory for Laser Energetics.

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

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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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Recent News

A hero’s welcome for Donna Strickland

May 23, 2019

During her week in Stockholm last December, Nobel Laureate Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD) had to e ...

Nick Takaki receives scholarship award

May 9, 2019

Nick Takaki, a fourth year PhD student at The Institute of Optics, working with Professor Jannick Ro ...

Book by Boyd, Lukishova combines latest advances and early historical experiments in overview of quantum photonics

March 25, 2019

This is the stepping off point for Quantum Photonics: Pioneering Advances and Emerging Applications ...

Kyle Fuerschbach receives Kevin P. Thompson award from OSA

March 25, 2019

Kyle Fuerschbach, who received his PhD from the Institute of Optics in 2014, has been selected as th ...

Wyant funds UA professorship in honor of Institute alumnus Bob Shannon

February 19, 2019

Thanks to the generosity of one Institute of Optics alumnus, another has been honored with an endowe ...

Four with ties to Institute become fellows of SPIE

January 10, 2019

From left to right: Thomas Brown, Gerard Mourou, Linda Smith and Donna Strickland.

Jim Zavislan named fellow of National Academy of Inventors

December 12, 2018

The associate professor of optics holds 63 U.S. and 151 foreign patents and his inventions have help ...

Boyd named fellow of AAAS

November 28, 2018

Robert Boyd, known for his pioneering work in nonlinear optical interactions and nonlinear optical p ...

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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Photon Camp 2019

Optics Camp for Local High School Students

A student in Photon Camp looks into a hand-made optical device

The Photon Camp is a free, one-week program where rising high school juniors and seniors can explore the growing field of optics and optical engineering.

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Visitor’s committee member Ted Miller, left, speaks with Ryan Walton ’19 at the annual Hajim Design Day.

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Translating Nobel-worthy science for a broad audience

For their capstone project, a senior design team has built a demonstration model for museum audiences of the Nobel Prize-winning laser technology developed by Rochester alumna Donna Strickland ’89 (PhD).

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