Instructor
Prof. F. Elohim Becerra
Email: fbecerra@unm.edu
Office: P&A 1136
Phone: 505 277-2673
Teaching Assistant
Zhixiang Ren
Email: zxren@unm.edu
Office: P&A 1132
This course provides an introduction to optics and its applications. It covers fundamental properties of light and its behavior in the presence of matter, and the analysis of simple optical elements and their applications. The course will address topics in fundamentals of electromagnetic theory, propagation of light, reflection, refraction, interference, diffraction, polarization, coherence, and geometrical and wave optics for the study of lenses and other optical systems. The course will provide mathematical development of these topics, and analyze different phenomena related to the properties of light.
Students in this course will learn the fundamental properties of light and will apply the mathematical description of these properties to examine the behavior of light and its interaction with matter, and analyze optical systems.
Pre-requisites: Calculus, Knowledge of Differential Equations, Complex Algebra; PHYC262.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10:00-10:50, P&A Room 184
Textbook for the class:
Optics by Hecht
(4th Edition). The course will cover Chapters 2-12, although we will not cover all the material in some chapters.
Additional resources
Introduction to Optics
(3rd Edition): Frank L. Pedrotti Leno M. Pedrotti Leno S. Pedrotti.
Fundamentals of Photonics
, 2nd Edition: E. A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich.
There will be regular assignments of problem sets taken from the
textbook
by E. Hecht, about one set per week, which also may contain additional exercises.
The assignments will be given throughout the semester, and will be posted in the Tentative Schedule
about one week before they are due. Assignments are due at the beginning of the class. Make sure that you know how to solve the homework problems; you may not copy another student's work.
No late work will be accepted.
Office hours: Tuesday 9-11 am. You may also arrange a meeting for another time via email.
TA office hours: Wednesday 3-4 pm in the P&A lobby.
You may also arrange a meeting for another time via email.
The final grade will be based on the homework assignments, two midterm exams and a final exam. The contribution to the final grade is as follows:
Tentative Exam Dates (subject to change): September 26 and November 7.
The final exam is currently scheduled for Friday, December 12 (time to be determined).
Last Day to Drop without Dean's permission: November 7.
The course will be based on the textbook by E. Hecht. It will cover several topics in each chapter, however, not all of them. Below is a tentative list of topics that will be covered. You can find the calendar for the course in the Tentative Schedule.
Introduction to Optics
(3rd Edition): Frank L. Pedrotti Leno M. Pedrotti Leno S. Pedrotti.
Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd Edition:
E. A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich.
Topic | Date | Subject | Hecht Reading | Homework | HW Due | Solutions |
Waves | 08/18 (M) | Overview; General properties of waves | Ch 2 | |||
08/20 (W) | Complex representation and plane waves | Ch 2 | HW1 | (F) Aug 29 | HW1Sol | |
08/22 (F) | 3-D wave equation: 3-D waves | Ch 2 | ||||
Electromagnetism | 08/25 (M) | Basic laws of Electromagnetism | Ch 3 | |||
08/27 (W) | 〃 | Ch 3 | ||||
08/29 (F) | Energy and Momentum | Ch 3 | HW2 | (M) Sep 8 | HW2Sol | |
09/1 (M) | Labor Day (No class) | |||||
09/3 (W) | Energy and Momentum | Ch 3 | ||||
09/5 (F) | Light-Matter interaction | Ch 3 | ||||
Propagation of Ligt | 09/8 (M) | Scattering and index of refraction | Ch 3-4 | HW3 | (M) Sep 15 | HW3Sol |
09/10 (W) | Reflection and Refraction | Ch 4 | ||||
09/12 (F) | Fresnel Equations | Ch 4 | ||||
09/15 (M) | 〃 | Ch 4 | HW4 | (W) Sep 24 | HW4Sol | |
09/17 (W) | Reflectance, transmittance | Ch 4 | ||||
09/19 (F) | Optical Properties of Metals | Ch4 | ||||
09/22 (M) | Optical Properties of Metals | Ch4 | ||||
Geometrical Optics | 09/24 (W) | Spherical Surfaces | Ch5 | |||
09/26 (F) | Midterm | |||||
09/29 (M) | Thin lenses | Ch5 | ||||
10/01 (W) | Image formation | Ch5 | ||||
10/03 (F) | 〃 | Ch5 | HW5 | (M) Oct 13 | HW5Sol | |
10/06 (M) | Mirrors | Ch5 | ||||
10/08 (W) | Optical Systems | Ch5 | ||||
10/10 (F) | Fall Break | |||||
10/13 (M) | Optical Systems | Ch5 | ||||
10/15 (W) | Thick Lens | Ch6 | HW6 | (W) Oct 22 | HW6Sol | |
10/17 (F) | 〃 and aberrations | Ch6 | ||||
Superposition of Waves | 10/20 (M) | Waves with the same frequency | Ch7 | |||
10/22 (W) | 〃 | Ch7 | ||||
10/24 (F) | Waves with the different frequencies | Ch7 | HW7 | (F) Oct 31 | HW7Sol | |
10/27 (M) | Group Velocity and Periodic Waves | Ch7 | ||||
10/29 (W) | Non-periodic Waves | Ch7 | ||||
10/31 (F) | 〃 | Ch7 | ||||
11/3 (M) | Pulses and wave packets | Ch7 | ||||
11/5 (W) | 〃 | |||||
11/7 (F) | Midterm 2 guidelines | Ch5-7 | ||||
Polarization | 11/10 (M) | Polarization of Light | Ch8 | |||
11/12 (W) | Generation of polarized light | Ch8 | ||||
11/14 (F) | Birefringence and phase retarders | Ch8 | HW8 | (F) Nov 21 | HW8Sol | |
Interference | 11/17 (M) | Interference | Ch9 | |||
11/19 (W) | Interferometry | Ch9 | ||||
11/21 (F) | 〃 | Ch9 | HW9 | (M) Dec 1 | HW9Sol | |
11/24 (M) | 〃 | Ch9 | ||||
Modern Optics, the Laser | 11/26 (W) | Modern Optics and Physics | Ch13 | |||
11/28 (F) | Thanks Givving (No Class) | |||||
12/1 (M) | Einstein Coefficients the Laser | Ch13 | ||||
12/3 (W) | Lasers | Ch13 | ||||
12/5 (F) | Lab Tours (starts 10 am) | |||||
Finals Week | ||||||
12/12 (F) | Final (Comprehensive) scheduled for 7:30-9:30 am |