**Instructor:** Daniel A. Steck

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

**Office hours:** walk-in and by appointment

**Student Co-Teacher:** Jonathan Mackrory **email:** mackrory@uoregon.edu

**Course home page:** http://atomoptics.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/12spring/phys425

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

**Course reference number:** 37054

**Credits:** 4

**Prerequisites:** PHYS 424

**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.

**Texts:**
There is no required textbook for this course.
Course notes will be posted on this site as the term progresses;
they may be downloaded all at once
here, but
this document may be updated during the course.

There are many other excellent standard optics texts that you may find useful for this course, such as:

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

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

- Homework: 40%
- Mid-term exam 1: 15%
- Mid-term exam 2: 15%
- Final exam: 30%

**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.

**Mid-term exam 1:**
in class, Wednesday, 25 April.
If possible, I would like to reschedule this exam for an evening
to reduce time pressure.

**Mid-term exam 2:**
in class, Wednesday, 23 May.
If possible, I would like to reschedule this exam for an evening
to reduce time pressure.

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

**Pass/fail grading option:** a passing grade requires the equivalent
of a C- grade on all coursework (homework and final).

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 |
---|---|---|

2 AprilFresnel Relations: Internal Reflection |
4 AprilFresnel Relations: Conductors |
6 AprilThin Films: Reflection Model |

9 AprilThin Films: Matrix Formalism |
11 AprilThin Films: Coating Design |
13 AprilFourier Analysis II: Convolution, Green's Functions |

16 AprilFourier Analysis II: Convolution, Green's Functions |
18 AprilFourier Optics: Wave Propagation |
20 AprilFourier Optics: Fraunhofer Diffraction |

23 AprilFourier Optics: Fresnel Diffraction |
25 AprilMidterm Exam 1 (evening 26 April) |
27 AprilFourier Optics: Spatial Filtering |

30 AprilFourier Optics: Holography |
2 MayStatistical Optics: Coherence |
4 MayStatistical Optics: Interference and Visibility |

7 MayLaser Physics: Overview |
9 MayLaser Physics: Gain Saturation |
11 MayLaser Physics: Light-Atom Interactions |

14 MayLaser Physics: Optical Gain and Pumping Schemes |
16 MayLaser Physics: Output Characteristics travel to Exp. Chaos Conf., class rescheduled for 23 May, 9 am |
18 MayAtom Optics: Light Shifts and Optical Forces travel to Exp. Chaos Conf., class rescheduled for Thurs. 31 May, 9 am |

21 MayAtom Optics: Atom-Photon interactions |
23 MayMidterm Exam 2 (evening 24 May) |
25 MayAtom Optics: Laser Cooling and Trapping |

28 MayNo Class: Memorial Day |
30 MayFiber Optics: Mode Analysis |
1 JuneFiber Optics: Loss and Dispersion |

4 JunePhotonic Bandgap Crystals: Kronig-Penney Model travel to DAMOP, class rescheduled for Tues. 29 May, 9 am |
6 JunePhotonic Bandgap Crystals: Fabrication and Performance travel to DAMOP, class rescheduled for Thurs. 31 May, 5 pm |
8 JuneReview travel to DAMOP, class rescheduled for Mon. 11 June, time TBA |

**Other important dates:**

Last day to drop without a W: 9 April

Last day to register: 11 April

Last day to withdraw: 20 May