ECE 181:

Physical and Fourier Optics

Spring 2018, Professor Joseph Ford

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  Instructor and Teaching Assistants

  Course Outline and Information

  Lecture and Lab Schedule

  Lab Experiments



Labs start FRIDAY 13th! Please come prepared: read Lab Techniques and Exp#1 write-up. Check your Lab time below.


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Instructor and Teaching Assistant:


Prof. Joseph Ford

Office: Jacobs Hall (EBU1), Room 3405


  Teaching Assistants:

  Lab Engineer:

Peter Ilinykh

Lab phone: (858) 534-4819


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Course Outline


 Introduction: Ray optics

 Simple thin-lens imaging

 Multi-lens imaging

 Wave optics

 Diffraction and interference

 Light propagation through isotropic media

 Scalar diffraction theory

 Fourier Optics

 Advanced imaging systems

 Laser optics


Primary: Fundamentals of Photonics, B.E.A. Saleh and M. C. Teich - 2nd edition, Chapters 1-4.

Supplemental: Optics, Eugene Hecht, 4th Edition, 2002.

  Course Grading:

 Homeworks... 20%

 Labs.............. 20%

 Midterm (6th week during the lecture time)... 25%

 Final Exam (Monday June 11, 3:00 - 6:00 pm)... 35%