As we look forward to the next 25 years leading to the
centennial of the Institute of
we take out our crystal ball and make some predictions of what the future will
bring. This is always risky, but we have
four essays that undertake that task.
The first is an essay by alumnus Douglas C. Sinclair in which he sets
out his vision for the future of optical design which is rather different from
its past. Faculty member James Zavislan
then describes a new program the Institute
Ventures which promises to turn the ideas developed in the Institute’s
laboratories into marketed products quickly without the faculty having to leave
and start new companies. Professor
Stroud suggests that the time for quantum optics to leave the laboratory and become
the basis for completely new technologies is rapidly approaching. Soon there will be a field of quantum optical engineering.
Finally, Director Wayne Knox lays out his
vision for the coming decades leading up to the Centennial.