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. Fall semester only. Three class hours, three laboratory hours.
Prerequisites: OPT 153 and MTH 140, or permission of department.
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Spring Semester 2014