Novel educational approach to some aspects of optical information processing

Prasanta K. Ghosh, Partha P. Banerjee, P. B. Berra

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Faculty members involved in the optics program in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Syracuse University have diverse research interests. We use this diversity in our teaching methods/materials to educate future engineers. Our instructional methods, both classroom and laboratory, are designed to provide physical insight of optical devices and systems. Our electro-optics laboratory is equipped with three optical benches, four helium neon lasers, a Nd:YAG laser, optical peripheral equipment, a variety of acousto-optic signal/image processing set up, and related electronic equipment of reasonable sophistication. We have offered several graduate level courses primarily based on recent research. These courses cover various aspects of optics namely Fourier optics, nonlinear optics, quantum electronics, electro-optic integrated circuits and devices, fiber optic, etc. In addition, we have offered a course in optical database machines. In the future we will offer a undergraduate course in applied optics. In what follows, we describe, in detail, some of the approaches we have developed which help students to gain physical understanding of complicated optical physics, including illustrative classroom demonstration of optical processing and the realization of optical logic operations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
PublisherPubl by Int Soc for Optical Engineering
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)0819407321, 9780819407320
StatePublished - 1992
EventEducation in Optics - Leningrad, USSR
Duration: Sep 28 1991Oct 1 1991

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherEducation in Optics
CityLeningrad, USSR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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