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Programs PhD in Optics and Photonics. Any advice?

  1. Oct 24, 2006 #1

    I got a Bachelors degree at Imperial College London (one of the top science universities in the UK) last year and I am doing a Masters degree in Optics and Photonics at the same university at the moment. Next year I would like to do a PhD but I think four years of England is probably enough (I am originally from Germany). I am interested in the fields of optics, photonics, lasers, and solid state mainly. Since there aren't that many American people here I have been having trouble finding out what universities are particularly good for these in the United States. I have looked at a few top universities there (Stanford, Berkeley, Caltech...as you can see I like the West coast). Are there any suggestions as to universities that are particularly good in these fields? This doesn't neccessarily have to be in the United States though...I am also interested in Canada, or English taught courses in Germany, Austria or Switzerland for example. Thank you very much for any suggestions.


    P.S. I am enrolled to do the General GRE test in November and the GRE in Physics at the beginning of December, which seems to just be enough for most American universities.
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  3. Oct 25, 2006 #2
    Although it is about as far away from the West Coast as you can get, the University of Central Florida in Orlando has a college of Optics and Photonics. Here is a link if you are interested.
  4. Oct 25, 2006 #3
    The University of Arizona is pretty good in optics. They have 3 physics nobel laureates related to their optics department. Something to look into.
  5. Oct 26, 2006 #4
    CREOL, Arizona, and Rochester are perhaps the most recognized optics schools in the US.
  6. Oct 27, 2006 #5


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    The VUB TONA group is very good.

    https://tona.vub.ac.be/Tona/ [Broken]
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  7. Oct 28, 2006 #6

    Thanks for the information! I will look into them.
  8. Nov 2, 2006 #7


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    For laser physics

    Also, check out the Wierstrauss http://www.wias-berlin.de/research-groups/laser/index.cgi.en [Broken] back in Germany.

    For the US, I'd look into Maryland http://www.ireap.umd.edu/ and Indianapolis http://www.physics.iupui.edu/

    I know good people working in those places.
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