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Optics

Course Number: 
PHY-312
Minimum Credits: 
4
A survey of geometric and physical optics. The course includes study of the nature of light, production and measurement of light, lenses, mirrors, lens systems, aberration theory, interference phenomena, optical interferometry, and diffraction phenomena. Experimental work in selected areas is performed. Completing the course allows the student to design simple optical systems, recognize limitations due to aberrations, analyze a variety of interference and diffraction phenomena using appropriate analytical and numerical techniques, and design and perform experiments in selected areas. Prerequisite: Physics 107, 108 (or 201, 202); Mathematics 235, 236, 237, 238 or permission. Offered alternate years.