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Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Approx. 42 hours to complete

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

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
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. ...
9 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
9 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
Course Overview10m
Tools and Resources10m
3 practice exercises
Snell's Law Practice Problem20m
Practice problems20m
Rays and Snell's Lawss
Week
2
4 hours to complete

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. ...
7 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
7 videos
System Explorer and the Lens Data Editor6m
Entering a Lens8m
Analyzing a Lens4m
The Lens Catalog18m
Configurations5m
Optimization20m
Introduction10m
How to get started using OpticStudio10m
1 practice exercise
Design of an f/5 singlet at infinite conjugates
Week
3
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....
12 videos (Total 96 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
12 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
Practice ray tracing10m
3 practice exercises
Practice problem10m
Practice Questions20m
Ray Tracing and Lens Analysiss
Week
4
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. ...
8 videos (Total 59 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
8 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
Extension of thick lenses10m
Practice10m
3 practice exercises
OpticStudio practice4m
Thick Optics Practice Problems30m
Thick Opticss
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Top Reviews

By LSDec 20th 2018

A few new insights even for a senior optical engineer. I will keep working through their lectures if each one offers at least a few nuggets of insight.

By AYJan 17th 2019

Learned a ton about paraxial optics design. Great lecture, capstone project is A LOT of work (>20 hour) for me.

Instructors

Amy Sullivan

Research Associate
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

Robert McLeod

Professor
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

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