Optics in South Africa

Jean-Noel Maran, Erich G. Rohwer, Johan P. Burger and Lourens R. Botha

The rainbow nation is betting on the optical sciences to support its economic growth and skills development.



Laser development at the National Laser Center.

When people think about South Africa, they may call to mind its scenic landmarks such as Kruger National Park or the beaches of Durban, or perhaps the country’s charismatic leader, Nelson Mandela. But most do not associate South Africa with high-tech photonics. In fact, South Africa has a dynamic optical community that is involved in state-of-the-art research. Despite relatively low funding levels, photonics research in the country compares well with many international benchmarks and has had a significant impact on the whole African continent.

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Publish Date: 01 January 2007

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