Physics module: Applied optics
Lecturers and Teaching Assistants
Dr. Nitzan Akerman
Course Schedule and Location
Tuesday, 15:15 - 18:00, Science Teaching Lab 3
Field of Study, Course Type and Credit Points
Science Teaching (non thesis MSc Track): Lecture; Obligatory; Regular; 3.00 points
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For students in the Rothschild-Weizmann program only
Attendance and participation
Estimated Weekly Independent Workload (in hours)
- The history of optics and the particle-wave duality.
- Fundamentals of wave optics: from Maxwell equations to electromagnetic waves; light in matter: the Lorentz model; index of refraction.
- Geometric optics and ray tracing: reflection and refraction. The paraxial approximation; Snell’s law; the matrix ABCD analysis. Basic optical elements : mirrors and lens;
- Imaging and the resolution limit; Aberrations; microscopes and telescopes;
- Polarization of light. Fresnel reflection. Birefringence. Polarizers, wave-plates, and LCDs.
- Diffraction and interference. Diffraction grating. Thin films anti-reflection and High-reflection coatings. Optical filters. Fabry-Perot cavity. Spectrometers and Wave-meters.
- Light sources: coherent and incoherent. Blackbody radiation. The spectrum of lamps, LEDs, and lasers.
- Light detection. The principle of common light detectors and sensors. Photodiodes, CCD and photomultiplier tube.
- Controlling light: waveguides and electro-optics. Principle of optical fibers. electro- and acousto-optic modulators.
- Demonstrate understanding of the basic physical principles of optics.
- Explain the role of basic optical phenomena in our daily life experience and common optical instruments.
1. “Principle of optics”, Born and Wolf.
2. "Optics" E. Hetch. Addisson Wesley 2000.