Coursebooks

Optics I

PHYS-317

Lecturer(s) :

Kapon Elyahou

Language:

English

Summary

This three-semester course series presents the basic concepts of classical and modern optics. It provides the students with tools for understanding and analyzing optical phenomena and designing various optical systems.

Content

1. Electromagnetic Theory of Light
1.1 Maxwell's equations in matter
1.2 Wave equations and solutions
1.3 Field energy and momentum
1.4 Photons
2. Propagation of Light
2.1 Principles of Huygens and Fermat
2.2 Fresnel equations
2.3 Superposition of waves
2.4 Gaussian beams
3. Polarization
3.1 Description of polarized light
3.2 Dichroism and birefringence
3.3 Polarizers and waveplates
3.4 Propagation in anisotropic media
4. Interference and Diffraction
4.1 Multiple-beam interference
4.2 Diffraction theory
4.3 Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffractions
4.4 Interferometers

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Physics I, II, III and IV

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Assessment methods

Oral exam at end of the semester.

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12   PHH333 
12-13    
13-14     
14-15   PHH333 
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German