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This Laser Material Processing workshop will include an introduction to light & lasers, laser safety, and laser applications.  In addition, there will be ample time to do several hands-on laser material processing labs.

Attendees will have the opportunity to hear about the utilization of lasers in their every day operation from several industry representatives.  Time will be provided to consider establishing a Laser & Optics Technology course along with options for developing and conducting labs.

Tours of local companies will be highlighted.


This Fundamentals of Photonics workshop includes an explanation of the nature and properties of light and lasers and optical components.  Laser theory and operation along with descriptions of typical laser application examples will be explored.  An overview of laser safety will be emphasized.

"Hands-on" laser and optics laboratory activities will be a major part of this workshop.  Workshop participants will have a better understanding of photonics technology and the use of photonics in everyday life.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1400561.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.