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Electrical engineering with photonics

  1. Nov 14, 2004 #1
    Is there anyone here who is into this field? What type of undergraduate degree did you get?

    I'm doing Electrical engineering with a computer science minor. Is this a good background for someone who would like to go into photonics?

    I'd love to go into the field of quantum computing, but I'm not really sure how feasible that is. Photonics seems like a fun field.

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  3. Nov 14, 2004 #2
    Electronics is a good way to go. Applied physics also (that is what i am doing). Here in Belgium we can major in photonics...

    If you wanna study quantum computing, i suggest you start to study quantummechanics at the fullest because you are gonna need it. This is more a field of theoretical physics to be honest. Here is a nice site with the course that I studied on this subject :


  4. Nov 14, 2004 #3
    I'm currently working on a Masters in this area; I have a B.S. in Physics.

    EE should be fine. I'd try to get in a Quantum Mechanics and Solid State class to round things out. Photonics seems to rely heavily on those two areas, and my Master's sequence has me taking both.

    Best of Luck!
  5. Nov 15, 2004 #4
    What do you need for Quantum Mechanics and Solid State physics classes?

    I'll have Calc 1,2,3 and Differential equations done before I can take it. Most likely Linear algebra as well. Is there any other math classes I will need to take?

    I'll also have a year of general (calc based) physics.

    Will I be set for Quantum Mechanics?
  6. Nov 15, 2004 #5
    Depends on the college and the pre-req's.

    For my university, you need up to calc 3, physics 2, and an intro physics course (junior level) that gets you more comfortable with solving physics problems (called Intro to Theoretical Methods in Physics).

    Once you have all those, you can go on to intro to Quantum 1, 2 and Quantum lab.

    The actual Quantum classes (not the intro) are masters level courses.

    It differs for each institution.
  7. Nov 15, 2004 #6
    I am also interested in Photonics. I am working on my B.S. in Applied Physics, I've been told its a good way to go.

    At my universty Quantum has Modern Physics and Intermidiate Optics as pre-req's
    I'm not sure about the Solid State classes.
  8. Nov 16, 2004 #7
    You should be fine with math, but you will probably want to take an intermediate physics class. Optics would be a good choice, especially if you are headed towards photonics.
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