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Modern Optics

Available in 2012

Callaghan Campus Semester 1

Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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.

Objectives
On 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.
Content
The 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.
Transition
Students who fail PHYS2230 will be free to choose an alternative physics course.
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Assumed Knowledge
PHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Internal Mode
Teaching Methods
Lecture
Integrated Learning
Laboratory
Tutorial
Assessment Items
 Essays / Written Assignments Examination: Formal Laboratory Exercises
Contact Hours
Lecture: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 3 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks