Optics Research from Dhofar University Recognized
Optics is the branch of physics which involves the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction of instruments that use or detect it. Light sciences have provided us numerous instruments such as telescopes to see far away objects and microscopes to see very tiny objects. Light sciences have also impacted our lives through medical imaging, telecommunications and internet. Beam optics and light polarization have stimulated research for centuries. Their understanding and manipulation are the cornerstones of optical technology.
The understanding of light optics requires a variety of mathematical techniques. Consequently, there are attempts to understand light optics using different mathematical machineries. Dr. Sameen Ahmed Khan has been single handedly working on a new formalism of beam optics using matrices and quantum technics. He is an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Applied Sciences, Dhofar University, Salalah. This year alone he published five papers describing different facets of his formalism. Amidst strong international competition, two of Dr. Sameen’s papers have been chosen as one of the best this year by the influential magazine, Optics & Photonics News (OPN) published by The Optical Society (OSA was founded in 1916 as the Optical Society of America and renamed as Optical Society in 2008). Each year OSA highlights world-wide breakthrough innovations in optics and photonics in its year end December issue of its OPN Magazine. The research is thereby featured in the special edition, Optics in 2016, which carries the summaries of the thirty selected breakthroughs.