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2.71 Optics (Spring 2009, MIT OCW). Instructors: Prof. George Barbastathis, Prof. Colin Sheppard, and Dr. Se Baek Oh.

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. (from ocw.mit.edu)

Course Curriculum

  • Lecture 01 – Course Organization; Introduction to Optics Unlimited
  • Lecture 02 – Reflection and Refraction; Prisms, Waveguides, and Dispersion Unlimited
  • Lecture 03 – Focusing, Imaging, and the Paraxial Approximation Unlimited
  • Lecture 04 – Sign Conventions; Thin Lenses; Real and Virtual Images Unlimited
  • Lecture 05 – Thick Lenses; the Composite Lens; the Eye Unlimited
  • Lecture 06 – Terms: Apertures, Stops, Pupils, and Windows; Single-lens Camera Unlimited
  • Lecture 07 – Basics of Mirrors, Magnifiers, and Microscopes Unlimited
  • Lecture 08 – Telescopes; Aberrations: Chromatic, Spherical, and Coma Unlimited
  • Lecture 09 – More Aberrations; Optical Design; GRadient INdex (GRIN) Unlimited
  • Lecture 11 – The Hamiltonian Formulation; Introduction to Waves Unlimited
  • Lecture 12 – The Wave Equation; Phasor Representation; 3D Waves Unlimited
  • Lecture 13 – 3D Wave Phenomena; Introduction to Electromagnetics Unlimited
  • Lecture 14 – Maxwell’s Equations; Polarization; Poynting’s Vector Unlimited
  • Lecture 15 – Huygens Principle; Interferometers; Fresnel Diffraction Unlimited
  • Lecture 16 – Gratings: Amplitude and Phase, Sinusoidal and Binary Unlimited
  • Lecture 17 – Fraunhofer Diffraction; Fourier Transforms and Theorems Unlimited
  • Lecture 18 – Spatial Filtering; Lens Transfer Functions and Transforms Unlimited
  • Lecture 19 – The 4F System; Binary Amplitude and Pupil Masks Unlimited
  • Lecture 20 – Shift Invariance; Pupil Engineering; the Talbot Effect Unlimited
  • Lecture 22 – Coherent and Incoherent Imaging Unlimited
  • Lecture 23 – Imaging with a Single Lens Unlimited
  • Lecture 25 – Resolution; defocused optical systems Unlimited
  • Lecture 26 – Depth of focus and field; polarization; wave plates Unlimited

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