Inamori School of Engineering

Short Courses - Introduction to Photonics

Who Attends
This course is for non-technical people, business managers, investors, human resources, with limited technical background, who have found themselves intimately involved in the photonics industry and need to understand the big picture.

Course Description
You will be given a geek-free explanation of the technology from materials and manufacture to devices and systems. Practical demonstrations of how the technology works will be given and a discussion of the possible future avenues for this technology will take place.

Course Outline
Things you absolutely have to know about light:

  • Basic physics for those who always hated physics
  • Fundamentals of light behavior
  • Why use it

How light can convene information:

  • Everything in Modulation
  • Encoding and decoding
  • Stuffing vast amounts of information in a small space

Manipulating Light:

  • Making it do what you want it to do
  • Stopping it doing what you don't want it to do
  • Maintaining Control

Photonic Technologies of today:

  • A glossary of acronyms (or how to make the physicists feel less smart)
  • Which devices to what and how
  • How does it all go together

Where to next:

  • Is light at the limit
  • Are we destined for corpuscle takeover

Dr. Alexis G. Clare is Professor of Glass Science in the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, New York State College of Ceramics, Alfred University. Dr. Clare is also Director of the Advanced Research Center - Photonic Education and Training at Alfred University. She earned her B.Sc. in Chemical Physics and a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Reading. U.K.

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