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Adelphi University Plans Master’s Program in Optical Physics

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2007
Beginning this fall, Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., will offer a master’s degree program in physics with a concentration in optics. The research-oriented 30-credit program is targeted to recent graduates as well as to working professionals who hold a bachelor’s degree in science, engineering or other related discipline. Adelphi’s facilities include equipment for investigation in lasers and optics, nonlinear optics, quantum optics, laser cooling and trapping, flame diagnostics, and nano- and energy technologies.


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laser cooling
A process and method by which manipulation and orientation of a given number of directed laser beams decreases the motion of a group of atoms or molecules such that their internal thermodynamic temperatures reach near absolute zero.  The !997 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to Steven Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William D. Phillips for the development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light. 
photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
quantum optics
The area of optics in which quantum theory is used to describe light in discrete units or ‘quanta’ of energy known as photons. First observed by Albert Einstein’s photoelectric effect, this particle description of light is the foundation for describing the transfer of energy (i.e. absorption and emission) in light matter interaction.
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