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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate Courses in Optics

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Check the course schedules/descriptions available via the Registrar's Office for the official schedules for the widest range of terms for which such information is available.


Below you will find a list of all undergraduate courses that have been offered.  In addition to these courses, undergraduates may register for the graduate course OPT 492, THZ PHENOMENA & TECHNOLOGY.

NOTE: Not all of these courses are offered in any given year.

OPT 000 OPTICS SEMINAR

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Last Offered: Spring 2013

OPT 101 INTRODUCTION TO OPTICS

A discussion of the properties of light: refraction, imaging, diffraction, interference, the development of the microscope, telescope, laser, the Internet, information storage and display, and medical applications. Demonstrations. The EAS10X seminar/workshop is required for all students taking an EAS10X course for credit. Seminars discuss engineering and applied sciences in the real world, and provide overviews of Optics, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Audio and Music Engineering, and Chemical Engineering.

Prerequisites: None.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 197 GEOMETRICAL OPTICS LAB

Students examine, analyze, measure, dismantle and reverse-engineer a variety of new and used optical tools, apparatus and systems. Emphasis on conceptual understanding and intuitive problem-solving.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 198 PHYSICAL OPTICS LAB

This lab complements OPT 261. Experiments cover interference and diffraction phenomena, introduction to optical information processing and electronic imaging systems with emphasis on error analysis.

Prerequisites: OPT 197
Last Offered: Spring 2013

OPT 199 INSTRUMENTATION LAB

This laboratory complements OPT 242. Students experience further optical phenomena in the lab setting to better understand equipment that provides measurement and key optical data.

Prerequisites: OPT 241, OPT 261
Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 201 GEOMETRICAL OPTICS LAB

Students examine, analyze, measure, dismantle and reverse-engineer a variety of new and used optical tools, apparatus and systems. Emphasis on conceptual understanding and intuitive problem-solving.

Prerequisites: Optics sophomore standing or permission of instructor.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 202 PHYSICAL OPTICS LAB

This lab complements OPT 261. Experiments cover interference and diffraction phenomena, introduction to optical information processing and electronic imaging systems with emphasis on error analysis.

Prerequisites: Optics sophomore standing and OPT 201.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 203 INSTRUMENTATION LAB LECTURE

This laboratory complements OPT 242. Students experience further optical phenomena in the lab setting to better understand equipment that provides measurement and key optical data.

Prerequisites: OPT 201, 202
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 204 SOURCES/DETECTORS LAB LECT

This lab complements OPT 225 and provides the basic concepts required for understanding the operation of optical sources and photodetectors. It covers important sources such as lasers and light-emitting diodes as well several types of photodetectors.

Prerequisites: OPT 201, 202, 203
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 211 MATLAB for Optics Majors I

Teaches techniques of transforming continuous problems to discrete mathematical models. Students learn computational methods for solving problems in optics using high level software. Includes labs.

Prerequisites: None
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 212 MATLAB FOR OPT MAJORS II LEC

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Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 214 Introduction to Optical System Layout and Analysis

This course gives engineering undergraduates early exposure to the tools (e.g. Zemax/CODE V) needed for most summer internships while introducing a systems approach to the design/analysis of an optical problem. This is not a lens design class as the focus of the class is on layout and evaluation, not optimization. Students will be taught how to read optical prints and use catalog components to layout and evaluate a variety of laboratory/benchtop optical systems in software. Dano highly recommends this course.

Prerequisites: Pre-req: OPT241
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 222 COLOR TECHNOLOGY

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 223 QUANTUM THEORY

Intro to quantum mechanics in the context of modern optics and optical technology. Wave mechanics as applied to electrons in crystals and in quantum wells and the optical properties of materials. Semiconductor junctions in photodetectors and photoemitters.

Prerequisites: PHY 123 or 143, MTH 281 may be taken concurrently
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 224 FUNDAMENTALS OF LASERS

Fundamentals and applications of laser systems, including optical amplification, cavity design, beam propagation and modulation.

Prerequisites: Knowledge of simple quantum mechanics and scalar diffraction theory is assumed. OPT 241 and OPT 261, MTH 163 is recommended.
Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 225 SOURCES AND DETECTORS

This course provides the basic concepts required for understanding radiometry and the operation of optical sources and photodetectors. It covers important sources such as lasers and light-emitting diodes as well several types of photodetectors.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 226 OPTOELECTRONICS I:DEVICES

Light propagation in restricted geometries including waveguides and optical fibers. Dispersion and loss in linear and nonlinear pulse propagation. Coupling between passive and between active and passive elements.

Prerequisites: OPT 261, OPT 262
Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 232 OPTO-MECHANICS

System performance of glass with metal or plastic, kinematic design, material limitations. Applications to optical metrology, alignment, geometry 2D and 3D. This course is an OPT elective.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 241 GEOMETRICAL OPTICS

Optical instruments and their uses. First-order Gaussian optics and thin-lens system layout. Photometric theory applied to optical systems. The eye, magnifier, microscope, matrix optics, nature of Seidel aberrations.

Prerequisites: MTH 161, MTH 162, PHY 121 (or MTH 141/142/143/PHY113)
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 242 ABERRATIONS, INTERFEROMETERS, AND OPTICAL TESTING

Geometrical and diffraction theory of image formation. Measurement of first-order properties. Seidel aberrations. Tests of aberrated systems. Seidel contribution formulae and more.

Prerequisites: OPT 241, OPT 261
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 243 OPTICAL FABRICATION & TESTING

This course is designed to give engineers practical information about how optical components (lenses) are made and tested, and provide basic tools to create cost-effective optical system designs. Topics covered include optical material properties, grinding, polishing, CNC programming for optical fabrication, modern fabrication technologies, surface testing and fabrication tolerances. We will discuss case studies of challenging fabrication projects for leading-edge optical systems. The accompanying lab will use the facilities of the Hopkins Center fabrication and metrology labs to introduce polishing and metrology techniques. Lab exercises will include hands-on experiments, such as exploring the properties of optical materials, measuring the removal function of a sub-aperture polishing machine, and characterizing the surface form and texture of polished surfaces.

Prerequisites: Courses limited to sophomores-seniors. Not recommended for freshmen.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 244 LENS DESIGN

3rd order aberration theory, optimization theory, global optimization, variables and constraints of various lens materials and types. Course concludes with individual lens design projects.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 245 PRECISION INSTRUMENT DESIGN

This course focuses teaching the multidisciplinary aspects of designing complex, precise systems. In these systems, aspects from mechanics, optics, electronics, design for manufacturing/assembly, and metrology/qualification must all be considered to design, build, and demonstrate a successful precision system. The goal of this class is to develop a fundamental understanding of multidisciplinary design for designing the next generation of advanced instrumentation. This course is open to graduate students in engineering and physics backgrounds although it has a strong emphasis on mechanical engineering and systems engineering topics. This course is open to undergraduates who are in their senior year.

Last Offered: Fall 2017

OPT 246 OPTICAL COATING TECHNOLOGY

Optical interference in a multilayer stack and its application to anti-reflection coatings, beamsplitters, laser mirrors, polarizers, and bandpass filters.

Prerequisites: OPT 262
Last Offered: Fall 2017

OPT 247 OPT COATING DESIGN

Specialty and custom coatings and their scientific applications and business uses.

Prerequisites: Linear Algebra and Opt 261 (or equivalent)
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 248 VISION AND THE EYE

How the human eye's optical and neural factors process color and spatial information includes comparison with the design and capabilities of other animals' eyes.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 253 QUANTUM & NANO OPT LAB

This laboratory course (3 hours per week) exposes students to cutting-edge photon counting instrumentation and methods with applications ranging from quantum information to nanotechnology,biotechnology and medicine. Major topics include quantum entanglement and Bell’s inequalities, single-photon interference, single-emitter confocal fluorescence microscopy and spectroscopy, photonic bandgap materials, Hanbury Brown and Twiss interferometer, and photon antibunching. Each lab also includes lecture and discussions of lab materials.

Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 254 NANOMETROLOGY LABORATORY

This is a required, 4-credit-hour course for the Certificate in Nanoengineering Program. It consists of three laboratory experimental modules accompanied by lecture materials: Module 1. Scanning electron microscopy (McIntyre); Module 2. Atomic force microscopy (Papernov); Module 3. Confocal microscopy (Lukishova). The laboratory components will use the facilities of the University of Rochester Integrated Nanosystems Center, the Institute of Optics and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. Topics covered in the 50-min lab lectures include the nature of nanoscale surface forces in solids and principles of scanning force microscopy, function and capabilities of the scanning electron microscope, and confocal fluorescence microscopy of single nanoemitters. Students are expected to have completed a sequence in introductory physics with a strong performance in electromagnetism, the basics of modern physics and physical optics. Junior and Senior level.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 256 OPTICS LABORATORY

Students rely on previous learning to create, align, collect data, solve and report on a variety of optical experiments.

Prerequisites: OPT 241, OPT 261, OPT 224, OPT 242, OPT 262
Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 257 OPTICS LABORATORY II

A continuation of OPT 256 for those who elect to try additional experimentation.

Last Offered: Spring 2013

OPT 261 INTERFERENCE AND DIFFRACTION

Complex representation of waves; scalar diffraction theory; Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction and application to measurement; diffraction and image formation; optical transfer function; coherent optical systems, optical data processing, and holography.

Prerequisites: MTH 164, PHY 122 or 142
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 262 ELECTROMAGNETIC THEORY

Electromagnetic Theory: Maxwell's equations in differential form, dipole radiation, Rayleigh scattering, polarization,energy flow (Poynting vector), plane waves, wave propagation in air/glass/metals, reflection and refraction, birefringence, polarization-sensitive optical elements (wave plates and polarizers),applications to nonlinear and quantum optics.

Prerequisites: MTH 165 (may be taken concurrently with permission of instructor), MTH 164, PHY 122 or 142
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 263 QUANTUM OPTICS LABORATORY

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OPT 270 BIOMEDICAL MICROSCOPY

This course covers the principles and practice of light microscopy as applied to biological and medical questions. Topics include basic light microscopy, DIC, phase epifluorescence, confocal and multiphoton laser-scanning microscopy, and selected methods such as CARS, FRET, FRAP, FCS, etc. This course is jointly listed as 470 for graduate students. Some homework problems are “470 only”.

Last Offered: Fall 2013

OPT 276 BIOMEDICAL OPTICS

Biomedical spectroscopy (absorption, fluorescence, Raman, elastic scattering); propagation of photons in highly scattering media (such as tissue); techniques for high-resolution imaging in biological media: confocal imaging, multiphoton imaging and optical coherence tomography.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 287 MATHEMATICAL METHODS FOR OPTICS & PHYSICS

Techniques used in mathematical study of optical phenomena. Emphasis on gaining insight and experience in the use of these powerful and elegant tools for describing, solving and resolving optical systems and schema.

Prerequisites: MTH 164
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 300 CURRENT OPT & OPTICAL TECH

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Last Offered: Spring 2010

OPT 307 SEM PRACTICUM

Overview of techniques for using the SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and Scanning Probe (AFM, STM) and analyzing data. Students perform independent lab projects by semester's end.

Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 310 SENIOR DESIGN I

Specifications, project development, and project planning will include design alternatives and subsystem segmentation discussions.

Prerequisites: Open only to Optics Seniors
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 311 OPTICS SENIOR DESIGN PROJECT

Documenting each stage,student teams design, build, and test an optical device or instrument for a faculty, community or industrial sponsor.

Prerequisites: Open only to Optics seniors.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 320 SENIOR THESIS I

Under faculty supervision, preparation for year-long independent research or participation in ongoing graduate group research. Students wishing to major in "Optics" will register for this course.

Prerequisites: Open to Optics seniors only.
Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 321 SENIOR THESES II

With faculty supervision: reading, experimentation, and writing of final thesis and presentation of results. Students wishing to major in "Optics" will register for this course.

Prerequisites: Open to Optics seniors only.
Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 386V VISITING STUDENT IN OPTICS

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Last Offered: Summer 2014

OPT 390 SUPERVISED TEACHING

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Last Offered: Spring 2018

OPT 391 INDEPENDENT READING

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Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 393 SPECIAL ESSAY

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Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 394 UNDERGRADUATE RSRCH INTRNSHP

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Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 395 UNDERGRADUATE REARCH PROJECT

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Last Offered: Fall 2018

OPT 396 HONORS PROJECTS

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Last Offered: Fall 2018