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Optics is the scientific study of sight that deals with the behavior of light and the properties of deflection of other forms of radiation. You have to learn about the geometrical optics in order to learn topics such as ray-tracing, lens design, apertures, radiometry, and photometry.

This [course_title] discusses the wave optics topics such as the basic electrodynamics. You are provided with analytical and numerical tools used in optical design.


This course does not involve any written exams. Students need to answer 5 assignment questions to complete the course, the answers will be in the form of written work in pdf or word. Students can write the answers in their own time. Each answer needs to be 200 words (1 Page). Once the answers are submitted, the tutor will check and assess the work.


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Course Credit: MIT

Course Curriculum

Lecture 1: Course organization; introduction to optics 01:36:00
Lecture 2: Reflection and refraction; prisms, waveguides, and dispersion 00:48:00
Lecture 3: Focusing, imaging, and the paraxial approximation 01:33:00
Lecture 4: Sign conventions; thin lenses; real and virtual images 00:52:00
Lecture 5: Thick lenses; the composite lens; the eye 01:45:00
Lecture 6: Terms: apertures, stops, pupils, and windows; single-lens camera 00:53:00
Lecture 7: Basics of mirrors, magnifiers, and microscopes 01:40:00
Lecture 8: Telescopes; aberrations: chromatic, spherical, and coma 00:48:00
Lecture 9: More aberrations; optical design; GRadient INdex (GRIN) 01:40:00
Lecture 11: The Hamiltonian formulation; introduction to waves 01:41:00
Lecture 12: The wave equation; phasor representation; 3D waves 01:01:00
Lecture 13: 3D wave phenomena; introduction to electromagnetics 01:44:00
Lecture 14: Maxwell’s equations; polarization; Poynting’s vector 00:59:00
Lecture 15: Huygens principle; interferometers; Fresnel diffraction 01:36:00
Lecture 16: Gratings: amplitude and phase, sinusoidal and binary 01:15:00
Lecture 17: Fraunhofer diffraction; Fourier transforms and theorems 01:30:00
Lecture 18: Spatial filtering; lens transfer functions & transforms 00:58:00
Lecture 19: The 4F system; binary amplitude & pupil masks 01:45:00
Lecture 20: Shift invariance; pupil engineering; the Talbot effect 01:57:00
Lecture 22: Coherent and incoherent imaging 01:35:00
Lecture 23: Imaging with a single lens 00:55:00
Lecture 25: Resolution; defocused optical systems 00:53:00
Lecture 26: Depth of focus and field; polarization; wave plates 01:30:00
Submit Your Assignment 00:00:00
Certification 00:00:00

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