**Instructor:** Daniel A. Steck

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

**Office hours:** T 12:00-1:00, F 12:00-1:00, and by appointment

**TA:** Sasha Tavenner Kruger **email:** quack@darkwing.uoregon.edu

**Course home page:** http://atomoptics.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/06spring/phys425

**Schedule:** MWF 9:00-9:50, 318 Willamette

**Course reference number:** 37021 (425); 37026 (524)

**Credits:** 4

**Prerequisites:** PHYS 424/524

**Links:**
news,
course notes,
homework sets and keys.

This course will provide a broad overview of Fourier optics, light-atom interactions, laser physics,
and other topics in modern optics.
See the **tentative**
syllabus below for a preliminary list of topics we will cover.

**Recommended Text:** Fowles, *Introduction to Modern Optics*

There are many other excellent standard optics texts that you may find useful for this course.
These will be on reserve in the science library:

- Saleh and Teich,
*Fundamentals of Photonics* - Hecht,
*Optics* - Pedrotti and Pedrotti,
*Introduction to Optics* - Verdeyen,
*Laser Electronics* - Siegman,
*Lasers*

Grades for the course will be based on homework, one 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 **in class** one week after it is assigned.
Thereafter, late homework
will be accepted, but at a 25% penalty for each 24 hour period
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 to the final grade
will depend on its difficulty.
Additional problems will occasionally be assigned for PHYS 525 students.

**Mid-term exam:** I would again like to have an evening exam in lieu of one of the usual
class periods (to reduce time pressure).
This is scheduled for Thursday, 11 May at 6:30 pm instead of class on
24 May. (Exam to be held in 318 Willamette.)

**Final exam:** The final exam will be held Thursday, June 15, 10:15-12:15, in 318 Willamette.

**Pass/fail grading option:** a passing grade requires the equivalent
of a C- grade on the homework. All exams are optional for this grading option.

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.). I will use Mathematica for examples because of its availability at UO, but it is not necessarily the best choice for any particular problem. Contact the instructor as soon as possible if you do not already have access to such resources.

Monday | Wednesday | Friday |
---|---|---|

3 AprilFourier Analysis II: Convolution, Green's Functions |
5 AprilFourier Optics: Wave Propagation |
7 AprilFourier Optics: Fraunhofer Diffraction |

10 AprilFourier Optics: Fresnel Diffraction |
12 AprilFourier Optics: Acousto-Optic Effect |
14 AprilFourier Optics: Spatial Filtering |

17 AprilFourier Optics: Holography |
19 AprilFourier Analysis III: Numerics of Fourier Transforms |
21 AprilStatistical Optics: Coherence |

24 AprilStatistical Optics: Interference and Visibility |
26 AprilLight-Atom Interactions: Lorentz Model |
28 AprilAtom Optics: Light Shifts and Optical Forces |

1 MayAtom Optics: Atom-Photon interactions |
3 MayAtom Optics: Laser Cooling and Trapping |
5 MayOptical Media: Absorption and Dispersion |

8 MayOptical Media: Kramers-Kronig Relations |
10 MayOptical Media: Resonant Media and Pulse Propagation |
12 MayLaser Physics: Overview |

15 MayLaser Physics: Gain Saturation |
17 MayLaser Physics: Light-Atom Interactions |
19 MayLaser Physics: Optical Gain and Pumping Schemes |

22 MayLaser Physics: Output Characteristics |
24 MayNo Class: Evening Midterm Instead |
26 MayFiber Optics: Ray Tracing |

29 MayNo Class: Memorial Day |
31 MayFiber Optics: Mode Analysis |
2 JuneFiber Optics: Loss and Dispersion |

5 JunePhotonic Bandgap Crystals: Kronig-Penney Model |
7 JunePhotonic Bandgap Crystals: Fabrication and Performance |
9 JuneReview and Evaluation |

**Other important dates:**

Last day to drop without a W: 10 April

Last day to register: 12 April

Last day to withdraw: 21 May