CBEMS 242A Physical and Geometrical Optics (2012-2013)

CBEMS 242A Physical and Geometrical Optics

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 242A Physical and Geometrical Optics (Credit Units: 4) Focuses on the practical aspects of optics and optical engineering, starting at the fundamentals. Topics include geometrical optics, ray tracing, polarization optics, interferometers, and diffractive optics. Prerequisite: Graduate students, none. Undergraduates by consent of teacher; will need to demonstrate sufficient Physics/Math background. Same as CHEM 242A. Concurrent with PHYSICS 134A. (Design units: 0)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0805385663.

Recommended Textbook:
Relationship to Student Outcomes
No student outcomes specified.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:
Prerequisites by Topic

Graduate students none. Undergraduates by consent of teacher; will need to demonstrate sufficient Phys/ Math background.

Lecture Topics:
  • Lasers fundamentals, rate-equations, optical cavities, gain materials etc.
  • Coherent optics, Interferometry, Fourier optics, Holography.
  • Optics of bi-refringent crystals, Sellmeyer equations, the SNLO program, Poynting vectors.
  • Non linear optics of crystalline materials, symmetry, phase-matching. Review of materials and periodically poled devices.
  • Harmonic generators and OPO’s.
  • Review of commercial laser design. (e.g. green laser pointer, Q-switched Yag, Ti:Sapphire fs laser).
  • Optical detectors and electronics. Photo diodes, Photo multiplies, MCP’s, night vision cameras, CCD’s.
  • Electronic signal acquisition, fast signal handling, fast sample and hold.
  • Spectroscopic techniques and their technical implementation: LIF, Transient absorption, Pump probe, Raman, CARS).
  • Topics which will differ in each lecture series, aimed at the particular interest of the group.
  • Lab tours and visits to local companies
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component
Design Content Description
Laboratory Portion:
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 70%
  • Attendance: 30%
  • Midterm(s):
  • Final:
  • Project:
  • Research Paper:
  • 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 0.0 credit units

February 6, 2012
Senate Approved:
November 16, 2010
Approved Effective:
2011 Winter Qtr