The Optical Department is primarily dedicated to lead basic and applied research in the areas of optics and optoelectronics, as well as training human resources at masters and doctoral level in these disciplines. The graduate program exists since more than 35 years, and since then it counts with CONACYT scholarships for its enrolled students and has also belonged to the National Register of Excellence Postgraduate of this organism. Currently both programs (master and Ph.D.) are recognized as international level, this being the highest category within the structure established by CONACYT. Belonging to this standard ensures students admitted to the postgraduate to count with a CONACYT scholarship. Current enrollment is approximately 25 master students and 25 doctoral students at different levels of expertise.

The graduate program has currently a prestige us international research team that leads research projects in lasers, nonlinear optics, optical waveguides and fibers, nonlinear microscopy, quantum optics, biophotonics, light spreading and diffraction and image processing. Among our twenty researchers, all of them with doctorate, four reach the Level III in the National System of Researchers (Sistema Nacional de Investigadores - SNI) and eight reach Level II.

The research laboratories of our department are equipped with optical tables, various types of lasers and specialized optical and electronic equipment. Furthermore, it has the support of optical and fine mechanical workshops for making mechanical frames and optical components. For laboratory teaching we have a properly equipped laboratory. A computer room is also available for students. In addition all students have a space assigned inside the graduate offices.

Our postgraduate studies are aimed at applicants with a bachelor or master’s degree in any branch of physical sciences, engineering, mathematics and chemistry. Through these studies the student is introduced to the current status of optics as a scientific discipline, as well as the wealth of basic research in this field and its enormous potential to create cutting edge technology.

The Master’s degree program in optics currently has two orientations: physical optics and optoelectronics. The physical optics orientation focuses on fundamental aspects of optics and is primarily intended for students who will subsequently embrace scientific research. The optoelectronics orientation focuses on preparing graduates for the design and use of optoelectronic devices, mainly with applications in instrumentation, optical communications and optical sensors. Both orientations share a group of common courses that allows any graduate of the masters program to go on with the doctoral program. Statistics show that from 2000 to date, 36% of students in the master's program have chosen the orientation of Optical Physics and 64% that of Optoelectronics.

Carretera Ensenada-Tijuana No. 3918, Zona Playitas, C.P. 22860, Ensenada, B.C. Mexico. Phone: 01(646)175-05-00

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