Advanced Optics (EP 421.3)

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Syllabus / Public content Section Term Instructor
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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