Course Descriptions

OPT 211 - Wave Optics and Applications

4 Credits

A study of light waves and how they may be used in today's technology. Electromagnetic radiation, coherence, interference and diffraction phenomena, transfer functions and the generation and use of polarized light. Analysis, manufacturing techniques and use of selected instruments using wave optics such as spectrometers, interferometers, diffraction gratings and thin film coatings. An introduction to properties and use of lasers and holography. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.

Prerequisites: OPT 151 and MTH 140, or permission of department.

Course Learning Outcomes
1. Analyze wave optics phenomena.
2. Explain various applications of wave optics.
3. Apply the basic theory of interferometers to test optical components.
4. Differentiate the following interferometers and their descendents: Fizeau, Newton, Michelson and Shearing.
5. Apply interference and diffraction theory to optical testing.
6. Use interferometers to measure optical components.
7. Utilize appropriate computer technology.

Course Offered Fall only

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Spring Semester 2018
Summer Session 2018