17-318 Optics

This course builds on the Physical and Geometrical Optics covered in 17-218 and 17-219.  Topics include wave optics and beam propagation, Fourier optics, Gaussian beams, optical properties of atoms and laser gain media, laser design, light detection, and applications of lasers.  Other topics such as nonlinear optics or quantum optics may also be discussed at the instructor’s discretion.  This course has lecture and laboratory components and meets for 6 hours each week.   Laboratory fee applies.




17-218 and 17-219.