Optics Valley

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Optics Valley is a region in southern Arizona, centered on Tucson, that is home to a high concentration of optics companies spawned by research at the University of Arizona.[1] Based on the idea of a technology cluster such as Silicon Valley, Optics Valley is known not only for its optics industry and research but also for the astronomical observatories located in the mountains of southern Arizona where clear skies and isolated peaks make for superior observing conditions.[2][3]

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Astronomical observatories[edit]



  1. ^ Mary Paganelli Votto (2006). Insiders' Guide to Tucson. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0-7627-4193-7.
  2. ^ Leslie Sage and Gail Aschenbrenner (2004). A Visitor's Guide to the Kitt Peak Observatories. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-00652-X.
  3. ^ D. A. Barber (January 4, 2001). "Banking on Optics Valley: The Old Pueblo has high hopes for high tech, but little time". Tucson Weekly.

Further reading[edit]

Ordoñez, Silvana (January 22, 2012). "Meet Robert Breault, the businessman behind Tucson's 'Optics Valley'". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved May 29, 2014.

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Coordinates: 32°11′N 110°53′W / 32.19°N 110.88°W / 32.19; -110.88