**Instructor:** Daniel A. Steck

**Office:** 277 Willamette **Phone:** 346-5313 **email:** dsteck@uoregon.edu

**Office hours:** W 3:00-4:00, F 2:00-3:00, and by appointment

**Course home page:** http://darkwing.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/05winter/phys424

**Schedule:** MWF 1:00-2:00, 318 Willamette

**Course reference number:** 27578 (424); 27732 (524)

**Credits:** 4

**Prerequisites (PHYS 424):** PHYS 351-2, MATH 281-2

**Links:**
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course notes,
homework sets and keys,
midterm feedback and comments.

This course will provide a broad overview of geometric
optics, wave optics, and laser physics. See the **tentative**
syllabus below for a preliminary list of topics we will cover.

**Recommended Text:** Saleh and Teich, *Fundamentals of Photonics*

**Supplementary Text:** Catalog from Melles Griot (provided by instructor)

There are many other excellent standard optics texts that you may find useful for this course.
You may wish to acquire some of these, or you may borrow these from the
instructor on a short-term basis:

- Hecht,
*Optics* - Fowles,
*Introduction to Modern Optics* - Pedrotti and Pedrotti,
*Introduction to Optics* - Verdeyen,
*Laser Electronics* - Siegman,
*Lasers*

Grades for the course will be based on homework a mid-term exam, and a final exam. The relative weights will be as follows:

- Homework: 40%
- Mid-term exam: 25%
- Final exam: 35%

**Homework:** this is a homework-intensive course. Homework will be assigned weekly
and each assignment will be due one week after it is assigned. Homework assignments will be accepted
until 5 pm on the due date without penalty. Thereafter, late homework
will be accepted, but at a 25% penalty for each day it is turned in late.
Partial assignments may be turned in, and only the late portion will be penalized.
The relative contribution of each homework assignment will depend on its difficulty.

**Mid-term exam:** I would like to have an evening exam in lieu of one of the usual
class periods (to reduce time pressure).
This is scheduled for February 10 at 7 pm instead of class on
February 18. (Exam to be held in 318 Willamette.)

**Final exam:** The final exam will be held Thursday, March 17, 3:15-5:15, in 318 Willamette.

Some of the homework will require access to a computer for basic calculations (in low-level languages such as C or Fortran, or any of several higher-level packages such as Mathematica, Maple, Matlab, Octave, Mathcad, etc.) and basic plotting (e.g., GNUplot, Excel, etc.). Contact the instructor as soon as possible if you do not already have access to such resources.

Monday | Wednesday | Friday |
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3 JanuaryRay Optics: Fermat's Principle |
5 JanuaryRay Optics: Matrix Formalism |
7 JanuaryRay Optics: Resonator Stability |

10 JanuaryReview of Electromagnetism |
12 JanuaryReview of Electromagnetism |
14 JanuaryWave Optics: Interference and Interferometers |

17 JanuaryNo Class: MLK Day |
19 JanuaryWave Optics: Paraxial Wave Equation and Gaussian Beams |
21 JanuaryWave Optics: ABCD Law for Gaussian Beams |

24 JanuaryWave Optics: Hermite-Gaussian Beams |
26 JanuaryWave Optics: Resonator Transmission |
28 JanuaryWave Optics: Spherical-Mirror Resonator Modes |

31 JanuaryLaser Physics: Overview |
2 FebruaryLaser Physics: Gain Saturation |
4 FebruaryLaser Physics: Light-Atom Interactions |

7 FebruaryLaser Physics: Optical Gain and Pumping Schemes |
9 FebruaryLaser Physics: Output Characteristics |
11 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Jones Vectors |

14 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Fresnel Relations |
16 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Thin Films |
18 FebruaryNo Class: Evening Midterm Instead |

21 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Birefringent and Active Media |
23 FebruaryFourier Optics: Diffraction |
25 FebruaryFourier Optics: Image Formation |

28 FebruaryOptical Media: Absorption and Dispersion |
2 MarchOptical Media: Kramers-Kronig Relations |
4 MarchOptical Media: Resonant Media and Pulse Propagation |

7 MarchStatistical Optics: Coherence |
9 MarchStatistical Optics: Interference and Visibility |
11 MarchReview and Evaluation |