The UArizona Wyant College of Optical Sciences is internationally recognized for its innovative and unusually comprehensive research programs.

Our Optics Competencies

Optical Engineering & Design

Optical engineering uses classical optics techniques to create novel devices and instrumentation, and the College of Optical Sciences leads the field in designing and fabricating highly specialized optics.

Optical Physics

Research groups pursue projects in quantum gases, quantum information, theoretical and computational optical physics, experimental and theoretical semiconductor quantum optics, and ultrafast lasers, with impacts to the theory and applications of high-harmonic generation, laser cooling and trapping, quantum control, and much more.

Quantum Information

Quantum information science is an enabling field that will give rise to unprecedented capabilities beyond the reach of the current classical technologies. Our research is dedicated to harnessing unique quantum phenomena of light and matter, e.g., entanglement, to implement quantum-enhanced applications such as ultra-precise sensing, secure communications, physical simulations, and high-performance computing.

Image Science

Designing new technology for medical imaging, homeland security, earth sciences and other applications, and in developing new methods for assessing image quality by quantifying how accurately imaging systems can accomplish certain analytical task.


Research in photonics at the College of Optical Sciences ranges in scope from fundamentally new tools, such as small-footprint, high-throughput multiphoton microscopes, through exceptionally high-power semiconductor lasers, to components and systems for next-generation optical networks for both the Internet and data centers, and into consumer equipment like 3-D displays.

UArizona Optics By The Numbers

3 Nobel Prizes in Physics
Ranked #4 best optical program among U.S. public universities
Ranked #1 in graduating students in optical sciences among U.S. Universities
$25,000,000 per Year in Research Revenue

Optical Sciences Laboratories and Research Centers

Our researchers are involved in a myriad of multidisciplinary and multi-institutional programs — including organizations dedicated to increasing the speed of the Internet, to building a better solar cell and to finding newer and more accurate ways to detect and diagnose cancer. The UArizona Wyant Optical Sciences College provides facilities that are available to all campus researchers as well as external, non-sponsored research customers.

Key Facts About Optics

Optics research encompasses a broad set of technologies and techniques for exploiting the properties and applications of light, touching virtually every field of science and industry. As UArizona’s most research-intensive unit, the college has strong industry ties, typically deriving a third of its research from corporate partners in defense, information technology, biomedical optics and manufacturing. Its faculty are constantly expanding the boundaries of optics knowledge, and collaborating to deploy innovative solutions.

Top Producer of Patents at UArizona
Largest Optics Program in the U.S.

Optics News

A Final Look At Bennu Before OSIRIS-REx Heads Home

On April 7, OSIRIS-REx will get one last close-up of asteroid Bennu as the spacecraft performs a final flyover to capture images of the asteroid’s surface. While performing the flyover, the spacecraft will observe Bennu from a distance of about 2.3 miles – the closest it has been since the Touch-and-Go, or TAG, sample collection event on Oct. 20.

EMPOWER STEM Program Creates Student Pathways to Jobs in National Labs

Funded by $748,000 from the Office of Naval Research, the EMPOWER STEM program aims to provide a route to government research jobs, particularly for students from diverse backgrounds.

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This is What it Looks Like When a Black Hole Snacks on a Star

Analyzing observations of an X-ray flare and fitting the data with theoretical models, UArizona astronomers documented a fatal encounter between an unlucky star and an intermediate-mass black hole.



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