About this Specialization
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Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Some undergraduate math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Available languages

English

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What you will learn

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    Specify an optical system and potential solutions to meet those specs

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    Transform layouts into optical designs including real optical components

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    Analyze you designs in an industry standard optical design code, OpticStudio by Zemax, to validate and optimize the design

Skills you will gain

optical system specificationoptimization of optical systemsoptical design
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Some undergraduate math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

First Order Optical System Design

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Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. When you finish this course, you will be able to design, to first order, such optical systems with simple mathematical and graphical techniques. This first order design will allow you to develop the foundation needed to begin all optical design as well as the intuition needed to quickly address the feasibility of complicated designs during brainstorming meetings. 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.  ...
Course2

Optical Efficiency and Resolution

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 mathematical and graphical techniques. The first order optical system design covered in the previous course is useful for the initial design of an optical imaging system but does not predict the energy and resolution of the system. This course discusses the propagation of intensity for Gaussian beams and incoherent sources. It also introduces the mathematical background required to design an optical system with the required field of view and resolution. You will also learn how to analyze these characteristics of your optical system using an industry-standard design tool, OpticStudio by Zemax....
Course3

Design of High-Performance Optical Systems

Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. This course extends what you have learned about first-order, paraxial system design and optical resolution and efficiency with the introduction to real lenses and their imperfections. We begin with a description of how different wavelengths propagate through systems, then move on to aberrations that appear with high angle, non-paraxial systems and how to correct for those problems. The course wraps up with a discussion of optical components beyond lenses and an excellent example of a high-performance optical system – the human eye. The mathematical tools required for analysis of high-performance systems are complicated enough that this course will rely more heavily on OpticStudio by Zemax. This will allow students to analyze systems that are too complicated for the simple analysis thus far introduced in this set of courses....

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....

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • The specialization is designed to be taken over 18 weeks. Each course is 6 weeks in length.

  • Knowledge of electromagnetic waves and mathematical tools at the level of a senior electrical engineering undergraduate are assumed.

  • We recommend you take the courses in order as each course builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous course.

  • Students completing this specialization will be able to:

    · Design optical systems based on first-order approximations to quickly evaluate the feasibility of a new idea.

    · Design optical systems with the required resolution and efficiency for a given project.

    · Design complex, high-performance optical systems with multiple types of components with limited aberrations.

    · Analyze the performance of optical systems using OpticStudio by Zemax.

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