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Title: Optical engineering in South Africa from 1960 to 2010 and beyond
Authors: Willers, CJ
Keywords: Photonics
Electro-Optics
Optical engineering
Sensors
Spectroscopy
Optics
Issue Date: Sep-2009
Publisher: Sensors, MEMS and Electro-optic Systems (SMEOS) Conference 2009
Citation: Willers, CJ. 2009. Optical engineering in South Africa from 1960 to 2010 and beyond. Sensors, MEMS and Electro-optic Systems (SMEOS) Conference 2009. Skukuza, Kruger National Park South Africa. 7 – 9 September 2009, pp 42-52
Abstract: From its humble beginnings in an optical workshop in the Mowbray office for Triangulation in the 1930s and the subsequent formation of the Division for Optics and Spectroscopy at the National Physical Research Laboratory within the CSIR during the 1950s, optical engineering has blossomed to a vibrant electro-optical industry in the twenty-first century. From a primarily research-oriented origin in the 1960s, optical engineering has grown to an engineering and product driven industry today. The South African optical engineering industry focuses on small niche markets, with world class products. The paper closes with a review of lessons learnt. With a measure of anticipation, we then venture to predict some future outcomes in the exciting field of optical engineering in South Africa.
Description: Sensors, MEMS and Electro-optic Systems (SMEOS) Conference 2009. Skukuza, Kruger National Park South Africa. 7 – 9 September 2009
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10204/3929
ISBN: 978-0-620-45648-7
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