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Summer Short Course Series

Fundamental Concepts (with Labs)

2018 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 4, Monday morning

Geometrical Optics, Professor Duncan Moore (Rochester)

Paraxial optics raytracing, cardinal points and conjugate relations, Lagrange invariant, stops and pupils, vignetting, common optical systems (cameras, telescopes, microscopes, and relay systems).

June 4, Monday afternoon

Interference and Diffraction, Professor Nick Vamivakas (Rochester)

June 5, Tuesday morning

Electromagnetic Waves, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester)

Maxwell’s equations, constitutive relations, positive and negative refractive indices, Lorentz and Drude models, angular spectrum, chromatic dispersion, plane waves, polarization, reflection and refraction, critical angle, Brewster angle, total internal reflection, thin-film stacks, Bragg mirrors, surface waves, scalar and vector potentials, radiation from electric dipoles.

June 5, Tuesday afternoon

Physics of Light Matter Interactions, Professor Nick Vamivakas (Rochester)

Introduction to the particle and wave views of both light and matter. Physical descriptions of light generation and detection. Quantum engineering of optoelectronic devices and a survey of quantum technologies.

June 6, Wednesday morning

A Survey of Lasers: Principles of Operation and Characteristics, Professor Carlos Stroud (Rochester)

The first decade after the first laser was built in 1960, one often heard it described as an invention searching for an application, during the following three decades lasers systems were often multi-hundreds of thousands of dollar investment around which laboratories were built, but recently they have become commodities that are essential to almost every industrial and commercial sector.  We will review the physical and engineering principles underlying the various types of lasers, define the basic parameters by which they are characterized, and then survey the myriad types of lasers that have been developed.