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ECE3340J – Principles of Optics

Instructor: Jigang Wu

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Credits: 4 credits

Pre-requisites: Vp 240 or Vp 260


This course introduces basic principles of optics. Topics include light sources and propagation of light, geometrical optics, lenses and imaging, ray tracing and lens aberrations; interference of light waves, coherent and incoherent light beams, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, and other selected topics on modern optics.

Course Topics:

  1. The nature of light
  2. Geometrical optics: image formation, aperture and stops
  3. Geometrical optics: lens system, ray tracing
  4. Geometrical optics: aberrations
  5. Geometrical optics: example optical systems
  6. Wave motion, EM theory, photons, and light
  7. The propagation of light
  8. Superposition of waves, coherence
  9. Polarization
  10. Birefringence, propagation of light in crystal
  11. Interference: general considerations
  12. Interference: interferometer systems and applications
  13. Diffraction: Huygen’s principle, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, zone plates
  14. Diffraction: diffraction gratings, holography
  15. Introduction to Fourier optics
  16. Selected topics on modern optics

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