Advanced Optics (EP 421.3)

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Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
EP 421 01 September 2018 Jeffery Langille
EP 421 01 September 2017 Michael Bradley
EP 421 01 September 2016 Rajivsingh Mundboth


An advanced course in physical optics. Refractive index materials: gases, dielectrics (especially glasses), metals, and plasmas. Dispersion. Polarization of electromagnetic waves. Stokes parameters, the Poincaré sphere, and the Jones matrix calculus. Crystal optics: anisotropy of the refractive index. Birefringent materials. Quarter-wave plates, half-wave plates, and Polaroid sheets. Interference of light: two-source interference in the coherent and partially coherent cases. N-source interference applied to diffraction gratings. Grating resolving power. Fibre optics. Laser physics and applications.


EP 325 and PHYS 356.

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