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Diploma Program Offered for Photonics Professionals

Photonics Spectra
Dec 2003
EP3, the Education Program for Photonics Professionals, is a series of six courses, each eight weeks long, for working scientists and engineers who require core educational background in optics and photonics. Designed and taught by faculty of the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, the university-level courses cover optical design, physical optics, lasers and electro-optics, optical communications, and radiometry and photometry. The curriculum is based on an analysis of industry needs with input from an industrial advisory board. The full program can be completed in 18 to 24 months with part-time study on campus or via Internet conferencing. Participants successfully completing all courses receive a university diploma. A new session begins in January. Visit Web address ep3.uwaterloo.ca for full information.


GLOSSARY
electro-optics
1. The branch of physics that deals with the use of electrical energy to create or manipulate light waves, generally by changing the refractive index of a light-propagating material; 2. Collectively, the devices used to affect the intersection of electrical energy and light. Compare with optoelectronics.
optical communications
The transmission and reception of information by optical devices and sensors.
photometry
The science of the measurement of light intensity, where "light'' refers to the total integrated range of radiation to which the eye is sensitive. It is distinguished from radiometry in which each separate wavelength in the electromagnetic spectrum is detected and measured, including the ultraviolet and infrared.
physical optics
The branch of science that treats light as a wave phenomenon wherein light propagation is studied by wavefronts rather than rays, as in geometric optics.
radiometry
The science of radiation measurement. The detection and measurement of radiant energy, either as separate wavelengths or integrated over a broad wavelength band, and the interaction of radiation with matter in such ways as absorption, reflectance and emission.
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