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Description

This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications.

Topics covered in geometrical optics include: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry. Topics covered in wave optics include: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product. Analytical and numerical tools used in optical design are emphasized. Graduate students are required to complete assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project

Course Curriculum

  • Geometrical Optics Unlimited
  • Matrix Methods in Paraxial Optics Unlimited
  • Review of Geometrical Optics Unlimited
  • EM Wave Equations Unlimited
  • Eikonal Equations, Gradient Index Lenses, Hamiltonian Optics Unlimited
  • Superposition of Waves, Interference, Optical Interferometry Unlimited
  • Math Tutorial on Spatial Fourier Transforms Unlimited
  • Fraunhofer Diffraction Unlimited
  • Fresnel Diffraction and Examples Unlimited
  • Fresnel Diffraction, Depth of Field and Depth of Focus, Holography Unlimited
  • Vector Properties of Electromagnetic Fields: Polarization, Waveplates; Birefringence Unlimited
  • Review of Scalar and Vector Wave Optics, Outlook Unlimited

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