Syllabus academic year 2008/2009
(Created 2008-07-17.)

Higher education credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Level: G2 (First level). Language of instruction: The course will be given in English. Alternative for: MFOT4. Optional for: E4, E4rn, E4ss, F4, F4f, N4. Course coordinator: Anne L'Huillier, och Sven-Göran Pettersson,, Fysik, kurslaboratoriet. Recommended prerequisits: Basic physics and mathematics. Assessment: Written exam .Mandatory laboratory exercises with report. Ray tracing project with oral and written report. Home page:

The course teaches the basic principles of optics and gives practical knowledge on optical design, with the help of a ray tracing program.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

· have a good knowledge of optics that allows him/her to design and build industrial optical applications

· be able to understand why and when a given optical problem can be solved with ray optics, wave optics or electromagnetic optics

· be able to understand important concepts such as polarization, diffraction, interferometry, holography

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· be able to do alignments and measurements in optics.

· be able to calculate propagation of light through optical components.

· be able to perform optical designs

· be able to search and acquire knowledge from a reference English book

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

· have an increased competence for presenting in writing and orally an accomplished project.

· have an increased experience for working in groups of two or four persons towards a common goal.

· Ray optics, including matrix-formulation

· Wave optics

· Fourier Optics

· Electromagnetic optics

· Polarization

Three laboratory exercises: Interferometry, Fourier optics and Polarization.

A project with ray tracing.

Fundamental of Photonics
B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich
Wiley Series in Pure and Applied Optics, John Wiley & sons, inc. Second edition
Chap 1,2,4,5,6