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Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Hours to complete

Approx. 35 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4 - 6 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Introduction to Geometrical Optics

This module introduces rays, which we use to describe the motion of light through air and materials. The course overview describes the goals of this course and gives tips on how to make the best use of the course materials to be successful. The lectures introduce the material. The in-video questions, lab demonstrations, PhET interactive demonstration, practice problems, and homework assignment allow you to get actively involved in learning the material. ...
Reading
9 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video9 videos
Introduction to Geometrical Optics4m
What are rays?11m
Pinhole Camera5m
Rays in OpticStudio2m
Snells Laws6m
Fermat's Principle4m
Snell's Laws in the Laboratory5m
PhET Hands-On Practice5m
Reading2 readings
Course Overview10m
Tools and Resources10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Snell's Law Practice Problem20m
Practice problems20m
Rays and Snell's Lawss
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

Optical system design in OpticStudio

In this module, you will learn how to enter the description of an optical system into OpticStudio, analyze the performance of that system using various calculations and plots, and finally optimize that design by defining a merit function and search variables. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
System Explorer and the Lens Data Editor6m
Entering a Lens8m
Analyzing a Lens4m
The Lens Catalog18m
Configurations5m
Optimization20m
Reading2 readings
Introduction10m
How to get started using OpticStudio10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Design of an f/5 singlet at infinite conjugates
Week
3
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

First Order Ray Tracing

This module applies Snell's Laws to the curved interfaces of lenses and mirrors. You will learn the graphical and mathematical tools you need to calculate image size and location for thin lens and mirror systems. This foundation is essential to build more complex optical systems....
Reading
12 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video12 videos
Example of Sign Convention1m
Graphical Ray Tracing14m
Virtual Objects and Images8m
PhET Lens Practice9m
Positive and Negative Lens Laboratory Demonstration6m
Thin Lens Equations15m
Imaging with Mirrors9m
Single Lens Imaging Example8m
Mirror Laboratory Demonstration5m
Lenses vs. Mirrors2m
Paraxial Analysis in OpticStudio7m
Reading1 reading
Practice ray tracing10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Practice problem10m
Practice Questions20m
Ray Tracing and Lens Analysiss
Week
4
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Thick optics and mirrors

This module extends the analysis of the previous module to include the effects of real, thick lenses. You will learn how to input this factor into your optical system analysis and design. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Power of a Single Curved Surface5m
Lens Maker's Equation6m
Power of Curved Mirrors8m
Two Lens System3m
Design with Thick Optics6m
Applying Thick Optics Concepts11m
Thick Lens Application9m
Reading2 readings
Extension of thick lenses10m
Practice10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
OpticStudio practice4m
Thick Optics Practice Problems30m
Thick Opticss

Instructors

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Amy Sullivan

Research Associate
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
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Robert McLeod

Professor
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Optical Engineering Specialization

Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. This course will teach you how to design such optical systems with simple graphical techniques, then transform those pencil and paper designs to include real optical components including lenses, diffraction gratings and prisms. You will learn how to enter these designs into an industry-standard design tool, OpticStudio by Zemax, to analyze and improve performance with powerful automatic optimization methods....
Optical Engineering

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