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Summer Short Course Series

Applied Concepts

2021 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 9, Wednesday

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 10, Thursday

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 11, Friday

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 14, Monday

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.

June 15, Tuesday

Design of Illumination Systems, Josh Cobb (Rochester)

This course presents the student with an introduction to the concept of tendue, or the size of a light source, as a fundamental parameter in the design of illumination systems. This concept is then applied to the design of illumination systems such as Khler illuminators and Abbe illuminators. Practical examples are presented that will show the student how light from a source can be arranged into the spatial and angular distributions required by the optical system.