Optical Systems Design (EP 325.3)

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EP 325 02 January 2019 Alexandre Koustov
EP 325 02 January 2018 Alexandre Koustov
EP 325 02 January 2017 Alexandre Koustov
EP 325 02 January 2016


This class provides the foundation of geometrical optics for the understanding of complex optics in optical instruments. Topics include image formation, curved optical surfaces, thin and thick lenses, cardinal points and Gaussian optics, apertures, paraxial ray tracing, matrix methods, Fermat's principle and third-order aberrations. Classical instrumentation design is studied including Newtonian and Cassegrain telescopes, astronomical cameras and compound systems. The class concludes with an introduction to ray tracing methods with software packages and techniques for design with realistic computationally difficult problems.


EP 202 or PHYS 230.


Students with credit for EP 225 will not receive credit for this course. First offered in 2013-2014.

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