2.71 / 2.710 Optics, Fall 2004
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This course is an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered include geometrical optics: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry; wave optics: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Faunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, and space-bandwidth product. Emphasis is on analytical and numerical tools used in optical design. Graduate students are required to complete additional assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project.
optical science, elementary engineering applications, Geometrical optics, ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design; apertures, stops, radiometry, photometry, Wave optics, basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel, Faunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product, optical design, 2.71, 2.710