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Summer Short Course Series

Modern Optical Engineering (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 13, Wednesday afternoon

Illumination, Mr. Joshua Cobb (Corning)

June 14, Thursday morning

Optical Testing and Instrumentation, Dr. Paul Murphy (QED Optics)

Interferometric optical testing, including Fizeau, Twyman-Green, Mach-Zehnder, Scatterplate, and Smartt point-diffraction interferometers are described for the testing of optical components and optical systems. Theory and applications of phase-shifting interferometers are discussed. Special techniques for the testing of aspheric surfaces are outlined.

June 14, Thursday afternoon

Wave-Front Sensing, Seung-Whan Bahk (Rochester, Laboratory for Laser Energetics)

June 15, Friday morning

Optical Thin Films, Dr. Jennifer Kruschwitz (Rochester)

Survey of applications for optical thin-film coatings; reflectance and transmittance at a boundary; vector methods and the Smith chart. Production considerations, including: vacuum evaporation; evaporation sources; uniformity calculations; thickness monitoring; chamber configuration; and materials.

June 15, Friday afternoon

Introduction to Electronic Imaging: A Systems Approach, Mr. Paul Kane (Eastman Kodak)

This course provides an overview of electronic imaging systems, describing the stages of image capture, digital processing, image output and viewing by a human observer. The student will become familiar with sampling and aliasing as they pertain to two-dimensional sensor arrays, digitization and sensor noise sources, CCD and CMOS architectures, and issues relating to correct matching of lenses and sensor arrays. Basic digital image processing algorithms such as demosaicing, deconvolution and sharpening will be discussed, and computational imaging concepts such as extended depth of field will be introduced. Digital image output in the form of projection displays, flat panel displays, and digital writers will be discussed. Finally, the spatial, temporal and chromatic response of the human visual system will be reviewed, in the context of setting specifications for electronic imaging systems.