Optical Physics

Physics 330

Fall 2002

 

Instructor:

Dr. Brian Clark, bkc@entropy.phy.ilstu.edu

312 D Moulton Hall, 8-5502

Office Hours:

10:00 10:50 a.m. M, W, F

Class Meetings:

T & Tr 11:00 a.m. 12:15 p.m., 307b Moulton Hall

 

Text: Introduction to Modern Optics (second edition), by Grant R. Fowles (Dover, New York, 1989) (required). Computer manual available at PIP (recommended).

Course Objective: The objective of this course is to gain an understanding of both physical and geometric optics. Geometric optics will be presented as a special case of physical optics. Physical optics will be presented within the framework of Maxwell's equations and quantum mechanics.

Grading: There will be three or four tests throughout the semester. Any or all of the exams may take the form of both in-class and/or take-home styles. Assigned homework is scaled to be equivalent to one-fourth of the semester grade. If a test is missed then your right to a make-up is determined on a case by case basis. It is better to let the instructor know in advance if you will miss a test. Your in class performance can affect your grade. This is a subjective determination and should be kept at a minimum.

 

The final grade for the course is determined according to

 

Final Grade

Percent of Possible Points

A

> 85 %

B

> 70 %

C

> 60 %

D

> 50 %

 

Attendance: Your attendance is expected and required at all class times. See the instructor for exceptions.

Prerequisites: Physics 240 is the prerequisite for this course.

Course Outline: The following is a tentative list of material to be covered.

Chapter

Topic

1

The Propagation of Light:

Maxwell's Equations

2

The Vectorial Nature of Light:

Energy and Polarization

Reflection, Refraction, and Fresnel's Equations

3

Coherence and Interference:

Double Slits and Interferometers

Coherence and Line Width

Fourier Transform Spectroscopy

4

Multiple-Beam Interference:

Fabry-Perot Interferometers

Thin Films

5

Diffraction:

Fraunhofer Diffraction

6

Optics in Solids:

Light in Dielectrics and Conductors

Light in Crystals

10

Ray Optics:

Matrix Methods

Single and Multilple Lenses

Telescopes and Microscopes

7

Thermal Radiation and Light Quanta:

Classical Theories

Photon Statistics

Uncertainty

8

Optical Spectra:

Atomic and Molecular Spectra

Spectra and Surface Physics

9

Amplification of Light - Lasers:

Stimulated and Spontaneous Emission

Population Inversions and Gain

Sample System