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Reader Poll: School & Major

Photonics Spectra
Aug 2012
University programs with “photonics” in their names are a rather new development – a reflection of the growing importance of photonics not only to science but to the world – so we decided to poll our readers and find out what subjects they studied at university that led them into the field of photonics.

School: Autonomous University of Barcelona
Major: Computer Science (hopefully, MSc in photonics in 2012)
Jordi Alonso @jordialonso (Twitter)

School: University of St. Andrews
Major: Physics BSc

School: University of St. Andrews and Heriot-Watt University
Major: Photonics MSc

School: University College London and Cambridge University
Major: MRes in Photonic Systems

School: UCL
Major: PhD
Lee Cairns @leecairnsy (Twitter)

School: University of Utah
Major: Physics (Experimental and Theoretical) and Electrical Engineering (mostly optical and microwave engineering)
Patricia Comeford (Facebook)

School: Monroe Community College
Major: Electro-Optics
David DiPonzio @ddiponzio (Twitter)

School: Temple University
Major: Laser & Photon Engineering, and Mass Media
Matthew Falcon (Facebook)

School: Imperial College London
Major: Everything from rods and cones to Q-switched lasers and lens design
Antony Hurden @GroundedInnov (Twitter)

School: Defence Institute of Advanced Technology in India
Major: Laser and Electro-Optics
Rudrakant M. Sollapur (Facebook)

School: NIT Warangal, India
Major: Photonics in college
Rajeev Ranjan @rajee_vran (Twitter)


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.
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...
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