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Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics

Photonics: All Around Us

 Photonics in our everyday lives: 

  • Display technology: all modern computers, TV's and cell phones
  • Lidar: drones for aerial mapping and by self-driving cars
  • Optical spectroscopy: detection of hazardous chemicals and pathogens
  • Optical lithography: critical step in semiconductor chips manufacture
  • 3D imaging and holograms: technologies, such as Hololens and forensic sciences
  • Optical data storage: DVDs, Bluray, etc.
  • Optical coatings: mirrors, displays and even your cell phone screens
  • Photodetectors and imaging: nearly every camera and cell phones
  • Night vision cameras: surveillance, military and energy industries
  • Fiber optics: backbone of our broadband communication network
  • Laser machining: emerging technology quickly replacing traditional machining
  • Lasers: many areas from medical surgery and telecommunications to even spacecraft propulsion
  • Plus many more . . .

As you can see, most modern technologies involve photonics. At the University of Dayton, we offer M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in this exciting field. There are only a handful of academic programs in the world that offer a degree in this area. We are proud to be one of them. We are a true interdisciplinary department, crossing the boundary between engineering and physics. 

Our world-class photonics laboratories are uniquely designed to provide you with hands-on learning. The areas of research our department and faculty focus on directly align with those of government labs and commercial industries. This allows you to obtain real-world and highly marketable research experiences. We also have many internships with our partner industries available. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to network and travel to exciting places for technical conferences. 

At UD, we take your professional and personal growth seriously. As part of a Catholic Marianist university, our motto is to educate the whole person. You will be mentored by professors who care about you and who are leaders in the field. They will work with you side-by-side in the lab and in the classroom. You will make friends and memories that will last a lifetime. 

The challenging curriculum, supportive faculty and staff, real-world experience, and network opportunities our department offers has allowed our graduates to secure employment in high-tech industries, defense labs and in academia prior to graduation. Starting salaries are typically over $100K per year. In photonics, you will be a professional in a high demand field where you can always find a job. 

Join our department, and you will soar to great heights as a UD Flyer, and in the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics, your future will shine a little brighter. 

Apply today!

"LiDAR Technologies and Systems" by Dr. Paul McManamon

LiDAR Technologies and Systems, by Dr. Paul McManamon, professor with the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics. LiDAR technology, used for defense applications, in the late 90s, was used for commercial 3D mapping. Today, it is a critical sensor for autonomous vehicles, with almost 100 companies working on auto LiDAR.

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Assistantship by Electro-Optics and Photonics

The department has research and teaching assistantship positions. The teaching assistantships usually are done in collaboration with the Physics Department. Each assistantship may include a stipend and tuition remission. Assistantship contract durations and funding vary and reflect one school year at a time. For consideration for an assistantship, applicants should indicate their interest when completing the online application. For more details, please contact the Department of Electro-Optics and Photonics, 937-229-2797. 

Assistantship by School of Engineering and Provost

Annual, renewable assistantships with tuition and a monthly stipend are available in all engineering departments. Master’s and doctoral students may apply, but current University of Dayton undergraduate and graduate students are not eligible.

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Electro-Optics and Photonics, Dr. Andrew Sarangan, Department Chair

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