PHYS-715 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Guizar Sicairos Manuel, Invited lecturers (see below)

Language: English

Remark: Next time: Fall 2024


Every year


This course gives an introduction to principles of Fourier and physical optics, optical response functions, and sampling. On the second half the course covers topics of advanced imaging, including 3 - 4 guest lecturers who are experts in application or development of advanced imaging techniques.


The first half of the course will cover Fourier basic principles and their application and connection to physical optics and to coherent and incoherent imaging techniques. With special emphasis on the relation of Fourier principles with imaging and including optical systems response and detector sampling.


The second half of the course will be devoted to exploring advanced imaging techniques. With particular focus on computed imaging such as holography, diffractive imaging, MRI, tomography, with mathematical depth and emphasis on the inversion strategies.


The course will include a visit to the large-scale facilities of the Paul Scherrer Institute in order to get first hand impression of instrumentation and applications. Additionally for the course we will have 3 - 4 invited lecturers who are experts in application or development of advanced imaging techniques. Possible invited lecturers, not confirmed, are Dr. Ana Diaz, Dr. Abraham Levitan, Prof. Dr. Marianne Liebi, Prof. Dr. Jean-Phillippe Thiran, Dr. Carles Bosch Piñol.


As project the students will choose one computational imaging topic, related to one scientific publication, which they will explore in depth. They will develop a simple experiment if feasible, or numerical simulation, and attempt to reproduce the main results. For examination the students will present a written report on their work and give an oral presentation.


Expected student activities:
Participation in class and discussion
Bibliographic research


Assessment methods:
Written report and presentation


physical optics, imaging, sampling, applications of advanced imaging, X-ray microscopy, phase retrieval

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

General background in Physics, Optics, and Mathematics at the Master level
Basics of programming with notion of one programming language

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Predict the optical performance of imaging systems based on diffraction theory
  • Analyze joint performance of optics with detector electronics
  • Perform wave propagation, phase retrieval, and holographic reconstructions
  • Detailed knowledge of advanced imaging techniques directly from the researchers shaping their respective fields.
  • Critical reading of scientific literature and setting of objectives to replicate partially the results
  • Teamwork, team learning
  • Communication with professionals of different disciplines
  • Identify imaging or processing techniques that may complement their PhD research



Introduction to Fourier Optics - Joseph W. Goodman

Ressources en bibliothèque

Moodle Link

In the programs

  • Number of places: 20
  • Exam form: Oral presentation (session free)
  • Subject examined: Physical Optics and Advanced Imaging
  • Lecture: 27 Hour(s)
  • Exercises: 8 Hour(s)
  • Project: 14 Hour(s)
  • Type: optional

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