Instructor: Daniel A. Steck
Office: 277 Willamette Phone: 346-5313 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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:
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: 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.
Review of Linear Algebra
Ray Optics: Fermat's Principle
Ray Optics: Matrix Formalism
No Class: MLK Day
Ray Optics: Resonator Stability
Review of Fourier Analysis
Review of Electromagnetism
Wave Optics: Interference and Interferometers
Wave Optics: Paraxial Wave Equation and Gaussian Beams
Wave Optics: ABCD Law for Gaussian Beams
Wave Optics: Hermite-Gaussian Beams
Wave Optics: Resonator Transmission
Wave Optics: Spherical-Mirror Resonator Modes
Midterm Exam 1
Polarization Optics: Jones Vectors
Polarization Optics: Fresnel Relations
Thin Films: Reflection Model
Thin Films: Matrix Formalism
Thin Films: Coating Design
Polarization Optics: Birefringent and Active Media
Review of Fourier Analysis II
Fourier Optics: Diffraction
Midterm Exam 2
Fourier Optics: Image Formation
Fourier Optics: Holography
Review of Fourier Analysis III
Optical Media: Absorption and Dispersion
Optical Media: Kramers-Kronig Relations
Optical Media: Resonant Media and Pulse Propagation
Other important dates:
Last day to drop without a W: 16 January
Last day to register: 18 January
Last day to withdraw: 26 February