CBEMS 242B Applied Optics (2012-2013)

CBEMS 242B Applied Optics

(Not required for any major.)
Catalog Data:

CBEMS 242B Applied Optics (Credit Units: 4) Focuses on the treatment of a wide variety of tools and techniques used in optics, in particular in research. Subjects include an introduction to lasers, optical detection, coherent optics, spectroscopic techniques, and selected topics corresponding to the interest of the students. Prerequisite: CBEMS242A or consent of instructor. Same as CHEM 242B. (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%
  • 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 Spring Qtr