Optics: Fundamentals and Applications (PHYS*3000)
Code and section: PHYS*3000*01
Term: Winter 2018
Instructor: Xiaorong Qin
This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of wave and geometric optics, with an emphasis on applications. Topics will include reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference, and polarization, as well as fibre optics, imaging systems and lasers.
|Xiaorong Qin||MacN email@example.com|
|Tuesday, Thursday||1:00 – 2:20 pm||MacN 318|
“Optics”, Ajoy Ghatak, McGraw-Hill.
“Optics” (4th Edition), E. Hecht, Pearson Education, 2002. (ISBN 0-8053-8566-5)
|Assignments (late submission = -10% per day)||25%|
|Mid-term (Mar 6)||30%|
|Final Exam (April 17, 14:30 pm)||40%|
Major Lecture Topics
- Wave nature of light --- traveling waves, 1D and 3D harmonic waves, wave equations, EM waves, superposition of harmonic waves (phasor/vector expression), dispersion effect (e.g. wave pulse broadening);
- Reflection and refraction of light --- Snell’s Law, Huygens’ and Fermat’s principles, geometrical optics (brief review); Fresnel equations, E-field polarizations, polarization/Brewster’s angle; reflectance and transmittance; total reflection (e.g., fiber optics), evanescent wave; birefringence;
- Interference of light --- vector model; wavefront-splitting interferometer; fringes of equal inclination, fringes of equal thickness; multiple-beam interference; the Fabry-Perot interferometer (e.g., laser cavity modes);
- Coherence properties (for light sources) --- coherence time or length; spatial coherence;
- Fraunhofer diffraction --- single-slit diffraction, beam spreading, rectangular and circular apertures, resolution, double-slit diffraction, diffraction by N-slits, gratings;
- Fresnel diffraction; Fourier optics;
- Lasers --- energy levels, cavity, population inversion, stimulated emission, laser cavity modes, and mode locking.
Not generally required. However, if you miss a TEST or EXAM, then you should see your College Counselor and get a note from him/her.
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You are encouraged to discuss with others as you learn the material and work on the assignments. However, the work you submit must be your own and not a copy of someone else's work.
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