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Physics (PHYS)

PHYS 458 Intermediate Optics (4) Geometrical and physical optics: theory of lens systems, aberrations, apertures, interference, diffraction, polarization.

PHYS 458 Intermediate Optics (4)

An intermediate optics course which builds on the wave and optics used in the 200-level introductory course, this course (which includes a lab component) focuses on physical and geometrical optics, propagation of light and its interaction with matter, polarization, interference, and diffraction. Optical components such as lenses, mirrors, prisms, fiber optics, spectrometers, and interferometers are discussed and employed. The laboratory component includes a number of 1-2 period experiments designed to illustrate the principles of applied geometrical and physical optics. Longer (5 period) experiments are also included which utilize modern, computer-controlled multi-channel detection systems and are applied to such systems as thin-film optics and the optics of semi-conductors.

General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: None
Effective: Spring 2007
Prerequisite: PHYS 212, PHYS 213, PHYS 214;MATH 250 orMATH 251;MATH 230 orMATH 231

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


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