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Summer Short Course Series

Applied Concepts

2019 Course Description

Please note: The course descriptions and instructors listed below are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.


June 12, Wednesday afternoon

Optical Sources and Illumination Systems, Professor James Zavislan (Rochester)

This lecture reviews the emission properties of optical sources and introduces illumination system design. The lecture includes demonstrations on radiometric measurements of common optical sources.

June 13, Thursday morning

Optical Design, Professor Julie Bentley (Rochester)

More advanced analysis of optical imaging systems, with an emphasis on optical aberrations. Topics include chromatic aberrations; simple achromatic systems; third-order aberrations; wavefront shape and transverse ray aberrations; tracing real rays; aberrations of thin lenses; effects of bending and stop shift; and image analysis and improvement.

June 13, Thursday afternoon

Radiometry and Detection, Professor Gary Wicks (Rochester)

Principles of radiometry. Fundamental radiation laws. Descriptions of important optical radiation detectors and their inherent limitations, including: photomultipliers, photodiodes, and photoconductors.

June 14, Friday morning

Photometry and Colorimetry, Professor Gary Wicks (Rochester)

Brightness and color are familiar qualitative aspects of light. Quantitative treatments of these characteristics of light are developed in Photometry and Colorimetry, enabling calculations of the brightness and color of optical sources.

June 8, Friday afternoon

Optics and Vision, Professor Jennifer Hunter (Rochester)

Although often taken for granted, human vision involves a sophisticated imagining system that combines intricate optical and neural machinery inside the eye that allows us to see. The optics of the human eye are imperfect, but well matched to the sampling density of the retina. This lecture will explore the aberrations of the eye and other important optical properties. In addition, we will discuss exciting new optical technologies for correcting vision and for imaging the inside of the eye with unprecedented resolution.