Optics research that is beneficial for the industry?

In summary, the individual is currently pursuing an MSc in Optics and Photonics and is planning to do a PhD that relates to these areas but is also useful in the industry. They are interested in lasers, optoelectronics, and solid state physics. Recommendations for specific research include fiber optics and semiconductor lasers, with Caltech being a potential option due to their focus on semiconductor lasers and collaboration with national labs. The individual emphasizes the importance of keeping research applied in order to have an edge in the industry.
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Hello,

I have a BSc in Physics and am currently doing an MSc in Optics and Photonics. I am planning on doing a PhD next year, somehow relating to optics/photonics/lasers/solid state (though probably not all of them!). I am not sure if I always want to stay in academia, so I am wondering what I should do for my PhD to keep my options open to be able to work in the industry (definitely still involving physics...I don't think I will swith to a banking career or anything like that). What recommendations do you have for a PhD that relates to the above but is still useful in the industry? Something like fiber optics is an obvious one...although I don't think I want to do my whole PhD on that. I am very interested in lasers and will hopefully be doing my final MSc project in Nanowire lasers. I am also very interested in optoelectronics (solid state relating to optics vaguely). What specific research would you recommend to incorporate all that?

I heard Caltech does semiconductor lasers (one of the only universities to offer it, most of the research is done in industry as far as I know), so I guess that would be an idea...any others? Thanks a lot!

Greetings,

Ben
 
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I don't think it really matters. Industry is looking for your problem solving ability not some specific skill. I am doing nothing that I studied in school.
 
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Just try to keep your research APPLIED. Don't go crazy and do string theory or something. In chosing your graduate school, you'll have to look at the reserach interests of the particular professors that you could be working under. Many, MANY universities (CalTech, CU Boulder, MIT, UC Berkeley, University of Tennessee etc.) collaborate extensively with some of the national labs -- sometimes even "running" them under contact. Those univesities might have particularly interesting "applied" projects (allowing you to work on research at the facility... which could give an edge in later applying to industry postions... since many industry jobs are actually contracting to the gov't.
 

Related to Optics research that is beneficial for the industry?

1. How does optics research benefit the industry?

Optics research has a wide range of applications that benefit the industry in various ways. It helps improve the design and manufacturing processes of optical instruments, such as cameras, telescopes, and microscopes. It also plays a crucial role in developing new materials and technologies for energy-efficient lighting, laser processing, and data communication. Additionally, optics research contributes to advancements in medical imaging, robotics, and autonomous vehicles, all of which have significant impacts on the industry.

2. What are some specific industries that utilize optics research?

Optics research has applications in various industries, including healthcare, defense and security, telecommunications, manufacturing, and consumer electronics. In healthcare, it is used for diagnostic imaging and surgical procedures. In defense and security, optics research helps develop advanced surveillance and targeting systems. Telecommunications companies use optics research to improve data transmission and increase network capacity. In the manufacturing industry, it is used for quality control and precision measurement. In consumer electronics, optics research contributes to the development of high-resolution displays and camera technology.

3. How does optics research help improve product quality and performance?

Optics research plays a significant role in improving product quality and performance in the industry. By developing new materials and technologies, it allows for the production of more efficient and durable optical instruments. It also helps in optimizing the design of products, leading to better performance and functionality. Additionally, optics research enables companies to develop cutting-edge products that can stay ahead of the competition and meet the growing demands of consumers.

4. What are some current trends in optics research that have the potential to revolutionize the industry?

One of the most significant trends in optics research is the development of nanophotonics, which involves manipulating light at the nanoscale. This technology has the potential to revolutionize industries such as data storage, quantum computing, and solar energy. Another trend is the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning in optics research, which can greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of optical systems. Other emerging areas of optics research include metasurfaces, biophotonics, and 3D printing of optical components.

5. How can companies in the industry stay updated with the latest advancements in optics research?

Staying updated with the latest advancements in optics research is crucial for companies in the industry to remain competitive. One way to do so is by attending conferences and symposiums focused on optics and photonics. These events provide a platform for researchers and industry professionals to share their latest findings and innovations. Companies can also collaborate with universities and research institutes to stay updated on the latest developments in optics research. Additionally, reading scientific journals and following reputable optics research websites can also help companies stay informed about the latest trends and breakthroughs in the field.

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