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 |