Optics in Mexico

Manuel Servin and Zacarias Malacara

Optical research in Mexico has come into its own, with active programs in metrology, fiber optics, optical materials, interferometry, and more.


image CIO’s new postgraduate building. It has four classrooms and provides work space for about 50 students.

The first optical activities in Mexico can be traced to Olmec Indians, who constructed mirrors 3,000 years ago. Some polished spherical-surface quartz stones were found in a tomb buried in Oaxaca; they are believed to have been used as magnifiers since a century B.C.

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