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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Photonics 2001 — Optics

Filed under: Education, Science, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:42 AM (03:42)

Presents basic geometrical (ray) and physical (wave) optics. The course covers the basics of the light reflection and refraction and the use of simple optical elements. It reviews light wave interference, diffraction, and polarization; the use of thin film coatings on mirrors; laser beam divergence in the near and far field; and the operation of such devices as gratings and quarter-wave plates. It also covers wavelength, dispersion, and refractive index measurements and the concept of modulation transfer function.

Course Modules

  • Reflection
  • Refraction
  • Optical Systems
  • Imaging with Single Lenses
  • Imaging with Multiple Lenses
  • Imaging with F-Stops
  • Imaging with Apertures
  • Imaging with Telescopes
  • Imaging with Microscopes
  • Collimators
  • Interference
  • Diffraction
  • Polarization
  • Aberrations

Student Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Explain how light propagates through an optical component from the standpoint of geometric and wave optics.
  2. Correctly handle and clean optical components.
  3. Perform exact laboratory experiments and keep an accurate notebook of the experiment.


  1. This course is listed as “Photonics 2097-103 Independent Study” on my transcript, due to the class not having more than 12 twelve students signed up at the start of classes in August, 2008.


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