PH 360 - Optics
Spring 2007

polarization
plane, right-circular

interference

single slit

Course Description:  Studies of physical optics and modern optical phenomena.  Topics include (a) brief history of optics, (b) wave motion (1D, 2D and 3D), (c) electromagnetic waves, energy and momentum, radiation, (d) propagation of light, reflection, refraction, internal reflection, Brewster's law, color addition and subtraction, (e) lenses, mirrors, prisms, fiber optics, (f) thick lenses, aberrations, (g) superposition of waves, (h) polarization, (i) interference, (j) diffraction, (k) lasers, holography.

Textbook:  Optics, Eugene Hecht, 4th Ed., Addison-Wesley, 2002, ISBN 0-8053-8566-5
Instructor:  Dr. David Renneke, Science 205, 794-3403, e-mail, home page

Course syllabus | Physics | Astronomy | Science at Augustana | videos
How Stuff Works - light  |  HyperPhysics - light and vision  | FSU - light and color - e-m waves

primary colors | color addition | color subtraction | filters | separation 
Java applets:  thin lens /mirror | thin lens combinations | thick lens
cameras | digital cameras - Kodak DX6440 - Nikon D70, color filter array (GRGB Bayer pattern)
telescopes | Hubble space telescope | light microscope

lens aberrations | achromatic prism | aberrations - Java applets
standing waves | adding two waves | Fourier synthesis | Fourier series (Paul Falstad) - Java applets
trig functions (source - True Basic)
polarization | birefringence | calcite | quarter-wave plate | CD optics | Stokes vectors and Mueller matrices

microwave demo | optical interference | single slit maxima (spreadsheet) | double slit | $20 bill (green, black) - see p. 431
● Cornu spiral - single slit | Cornu spiral - graph (spreadsheet)
lasers in microscopy | laser fundamentals | three and four level lasers | diode lasers | near IR laser
compact disk lasers | visual quantum mechanics | Laser Focus World

● Test 3 - Monday, May 14 at noon - Chapters 8-10, 13.   Return the diffraction plates and the associated booklet.

Set Chapter Problems Points Due by 5:00 pm on
8 8 4, 5*, 18*, 35*, 43*, 44*, 53     Note: In #4 and #5, draw the lightwave. 60 Mon., Apr. 30
9 9 8*, 19*, 21*, 32*, 42     Answers:  8. 159 mm, 21. 0.115o, 32. 9.76 m 45 Mon., May 7
10 10 9, 25*, 28*, 33*, 50*, 51*, L1 (handout - page 23-3 in the notes - worth 20 pts)
Some answers:  25. 290 km     28. 50.8 m, 64.5 km      33. 1.13 mm
65 Fri., May 11

All problems sets for this course are due at 5:00 pm on the due date.  Problems handed in one school day late will be worth 80%.  Those handed in after that will not be graded unless there are special circumstances (e.g. illness).  The problems with an asterisk are worth 10 points each.  The others are worth 5 points each.

Last update: May 11, 2007