**Instructor:** Daniel A. Steck

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

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

**Course home page:** http://atomoptics.uoregon.edu/~dsteck/teaching/12winter/phys424

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

**Course reference number:** 26821

**Credits:** 4

**Prerequisites:** PHYS 353, MATH 281-2 or equivalents

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

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.

**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: 10%
- Mid-term exam 2: 20%
- 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, February 8.

**Mid-term exam 2:**
in class, Wednesday, February 29.

**Final exam:** The final exam will be held Wednesday, March 21, 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 |
---|---|---|

9 JanuaryReview of Linear Algebra |
11 JanuaryRay Optics: Fermat's Principle |
13 JanuaryRay Optics: Matrix Formalism |

16 JanuaryNo Class: MLK Day |
18 JanuaryRay Optics: Resonator Stability |
20 JanuaryReview of Fourier Analysis |

23 JanuaryReview of Electromagnetism |
25 JanuaryWave Optics: Interference and Interferometers |
27 JanuaryWave Optics: Paraxial Wave Equation and Gaussian Beams |

30 JanuaryWave Optics: ABCD Law for Gaussian Beams |
1 FebruaryWave Optics: Hermite-Gaussian Beams |
3 FebruaryWave Optics: Resonator Transmission |

6 FebruaryWave Optics: Spherical-Mirror Resonator Modes |
8 FebruaryMidterm Exam 1 |
10 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Jones Vectors |

13 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Fresnel Relations |
15 FebruaryThin Films: Reflection Model |
17 FebruaryThin Films: Matrix Formalism |

20 FebruaryThin Films: Coating Design |
22 FebruaryPolarization Optics: Birefringent and Active Media |
24 FebruaryReview of Fourier Analysis II |

27 FebruaryFourier Optics: Diffraction |
29 FebruaryMidterm Exam 2 |
2 MarchFourier Optics: Image Formation |

5 MarchFourier Optics: Holography |
7 MarchReview of Fourier Analysis III |
9 MarchOptical Media: Absorption and Dispersion |

12 MarchOptical Media: Kramers-Kronig Relations |
14 MarchOptical Media: Resonant Media and Pulse Propagation |
16 MarchReview |

**Other important dates:**

Last day to drop without a W: 16 January

Last day to register: 18 January

Last day to withdraw: 26 February