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http://www.op.gatech.edu/about/ Overview of Optics and Photonics The field of optics and photonics is all about light—pervasive, primordial, and life- giving. It is what enables us to see, and a source of energy and life. From mirrors, first used thousands of years ago, to early seventeenth century lenses ground for the first microscopes and telescopes, to the first laser in 1960, to today's high-resolution microscopes and the revolutionary electron-beam nanolithography tool, the field of optics and photonics has served as a crucial enabler in the unfolding story of technological progress and innovation. The field of optics and photonics, by its very pervasive nature, touches, enables, and accelerates the work of many divergent fields—electrical engineering, physics, chemistry, and material science. The National Research Council report on "Optical Science and Engineering for the Twenty-first Century" highlights some exciting trends: Information Technology Progress during the past decade has been extraordinary. Optical fiber for
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