Optical Science

Optics is one of the oldest branches of physics, with foundations going back to the times of Descartes, Huygens, and Newton. Modern optical science spans a variety of diverse topics including:

At the University of Rochester, research in optical science is carried out in both the Department of Physics and Astronomy and in the Institute of Optics, with several faculty members holding joint appointments in both departments. For a description of the activities of faculty holding appointments in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, please see our Quantum Optics page.

Through the Cross-Disciplinary Physics program, students in the Department of Physics and Astronomy are also free to pursue research with other faculty holding appointments in the Institute of Optics. These faculty include:

Professor Alonso Wave propagation; partially coherent wave fields
Professor Berger Medical Optics
Professor Brown Optoelectronics
Professor Fienup Image Processing
Professor George Physical Optics and Imaging
Professor Guo High Intensity Laser-Matter Interactions
Professor Jacobs Liquid Crystal Optics
Professor Knox Ultrafast Optics and Telecommunications
Professor Moore Optical Engineering
Professor Seka Laser Physics and Engineering
Professor Teegarden Optical Materials
Professor Wicks Semiconductor Lasers and Molecular Beam Epitaxy
Professor Williams The Human Visual System and Physiological Optics
Professor Zavislan Optical Engineering and Biomedical Optics

See also our Quantum Optics page.