PHYSICS 402 - Optics
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Credit Exclusions:
A student can receive credit for only one of EECS 334 or PHYSICS 402.
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
PHYSICS 340 or 360, and one of: MATH 216, 256, 286, 296 or 316: or graduate standing.
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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The objective of this class is to give students a foundation in classical optics. Topics studied to cover the phenomena of physical optics, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, and polarization interpreted in terms of the wave theory of light. Selected topics in contemporary optics, such as fiber optics, lasers, and nonlinear optics will be covered.

Course Requirements:

Grading will be based on weekly problem sets, a mid-term and final, with the problem sets having the largest weight.

Intended Audience:

This course is primarily meant for upper level physics majors, however, it can also be useful for undergraduates in related fields and graduate students who are doing optics related research in fields that do not typically cover optics in their curriculum such as chemistry and biology.

Class Format:

The course will consist of lectures. Reading will be assigned prior to each lecture, together with a quick preparatory exercise that will be discussed during the lecture. There will also be a "real-world" optics problem assigned before each lecture and discussed during class.


PHYSICS 402 - Optics
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM

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