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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:

Learn more about research done at the Institute of Optics by visiting our research page.