Nonlinear Optics and photonics have attained a special status at Arizona. The study of propagation of light pulses in nonlinear optical media is of great technological interest. It also leads to some beautiful and sophisticated mathematics. One of the areas that is currently actively studied is nanophotonics. It is a rapidly developing new area of science of great importance for technology and basic science. It is based on new materials incorporating inclusions of nanoscale size. These materials do not exist in nature and they display exotic properties which can be used for design of new optical devices with superb characteristics.
The exceptional multidisciplinary culture provides a unique environment for collaborative research with colleagues at the Optical Sciences Center, Program in Applied Mathematics, Arizona Center for Mathematical Sciences and Mathematics Department. Graduate students in Applied Mathematics, Optical Sciences and Physics work together on research projects at the frontiers of this exciting field. Tucson's designation as "Optics Valley", reflects the large concentration of Optics industries in the region and provides a strong industrial link to the University of Arizona. There are several ongoing weekly seminars in addition to regular departmental colloquia.