CBEMS 242A Physical and Geometrical Optics (2014-2015)

CBEMS 242A Physical and Geometrical Optics

(Not required for any major. Elective for ChE.)
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. Graduate students only. 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
Lecture Topics:
  • Light as particles. Reflection, mirrors
  • Fermat's principle. Refraction, thing lenses, critical angle.
  • Stops, apertures and basic optical instruments
  • Thick lenses and lens systems
  • Ray tracing with ABCD matrix
  • Light as waves
  • Fresnel reflection
  • Internal reflection, total internal reflection and evanescent fields
  • Polarisation, Jones Matrix, S-matrix
  • Real materials, crystals and the Sellmeyer equation
  • Superposition of waves, coherence, interference
  • Beam splitting interferometers and etalons
  • Reflective coatings and anti-reflective coatings, thin-film filters
  • Grating and Spectrometers, throughput and resolution
  • Fraunhofter and Fresnel diffraction
  • Photo detectors
  • Fourier transforms and Fourier optics
  • Gaussian beams, Wave from distortions
Class Schedule:

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

Computer Usage:


Laboratory Projects:


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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

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 19, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr