Course Descriptions

OPT 245 - Optical Systems

4 Credits

This course extends and complements the two semesters of optical fabrication already in the curriculum. It covers assembly of multiple optical elements into cemented and mechanically mounted lens systems. It includes training in precision cleaning and inspection of optical surfaces. It also includes advanced metrology skills such as interferometry of transmitted beams and measurement of the optical transfer function. These are all skills that an advanced technician needs for the majority of optics industry clients. This course reinforces and consolidates the knowledge gained from the existing optical fabrication courses.

Prerequisite: OPT 213, Corequisite: OPT 235

Course Learning Outcomes
1.Handle an optical surface according to industry standards.
2.Clean an optical surface with air and solvents according to industry standards.
3.Form an achromatic doublet by assembling, aligning, and cementing two optical elements.
4.Measure the optical figure of a surface using a commercial phase shifting interferometer.
5.Measure the wavefront transmitted through an optical system using a commercial phase shifting interferometer.
6.Identify the centration and spacing of optical surfaces in an assembly using an optical centering system.
7.Assess the optical performance of an optical system using an Optical Transfer Function (OTF) measurement system.
8.Describe particulate control in a laminar flow clean environment.
9.Interpret optical drawings.
10.Prepare a Quality Assurance (QA) report using a standard template.
11.Inspect an optical surface to identify particles, scratches, and digs down to the micron size scale.

Course Offered Fall

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Fall Semester 2020
Summer Session 2020