Modern Optics

Course code PHYS2160Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

Optics os one of the cornerstones of physics and is at the heart of all modern imaging and communications technologies. This course provides students with an understanding of optical phenomena based on the wave description of light. The principles of polarization, interference and diffraction will be fully developed and optical devices that use these properties of light will be described. The application of Fourier analysis to describe optical systems will be given.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory course component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Describe the optical principles of thick lenses and optical aberrations.
2. Use the principles of wave motion and superposition to explain the physics of polarisation, interference and diffraction.
3. Describe the operation of optical devices, including, polarisers, retarders, modulators and inteferometers.
4. Apply Fourier analysis to describe optical phenomena.
5. Solve problems in optics by selecting the appropriate equations and performing numerical or analytical calculations.
6. Follow instructions to perform laboratory experiments in optics and document their results, using correct procedures and protocols.
7. Analyse, interpret and communicate results from laboratory experiments, orally or in a written laboratory report.
ContentThe interaction of light with materials.
- propagation
- reflection
- refraction
The Superposition of Waves
- waves of the same frequency
- waves of different frequency
- anharmonic waves
Polarisation
- mathematical descriptions of polarised light
- generating polarised light
- optical devices using polarisation
Interference
- wavefront splitting interferometers
- amplitude splitting interferometers
- multiple beam intereference
Diffraction
- Fraunhofer diffraction
- Fresnel diffraction
Fourier Optics
Replacing Course(s)PHYS2230 Optical Design and Optoelectronic materials will be deleted. Some of the content is incorporated into this course.
TransitionStudents who fail PHYS2230 will be free to choose an alternative physics course.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgePHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Laboratory Exercises
Contact HoursLecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory safety induction.
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PHYS2160