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Summer Short Course Series


In 2019, the Institute of Optics will hold its 58th annual summer school short-course series, offering a mix of one-week courses and two-and-a-half-day courses from June 10-21, 2019.

View the course descriptions below and see registration and pricing to enroll. Information regarding hotels, travel, food and entertainment can be found on the additional information page. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

2019 Course Descriptions

Applied Concepts— colorimetry and vision, wave guide photonics, and more.

Fundamental Concepts—(with labs) covering lenses, aberrations, principles of diffraction, optical systems, polarization, birefringence and crystal optics, and radiometry and detection.

Integrated Photonics Circuits—targeted for students, researchers, and engineers in industry, who want to learn the fundamental aspects of integrated photonics circuits.

Modern Optical Engineering—(with labs) covering optical testing and instrumentation, optical manufacturing, optical thin film coatings, diffractive optics, and glass in modern optics.

Opto-Mechanical Analysis—(with labs) covering opto-mechanical analysis methods used to design high performance optical systems. Finite element modeling techniques for analyzing light-weight mirrors, mounts, and lens systems will be discussed. Other topics include fitting surface distortions with Zernike polynomials and the analysis of line-of-sight jitter in vibration environments. The integration of thermal and structural responses into optical design software is presented.

Opto-Mechanical Analysis Lab—taught in a computer lab to illustrate the use of SigFit to solve a variety of optomechanical problems, including surface deformation, rigid body motion, active optics, line-of-sight calculations, thermo-optic and stress-optic analysis, optomechanical tolerance analysis, offset aperture analysis, and analysis of diffractive optics.

Optical System Design—introduces participants to both fundamental and advanced concepts in optical system design by integrating classroom lectures with software training labs in the Hopkins Optical Design Center. The course can be taken as a full week course or as one of two three day course options depending on interest/skill level. Introduction to Optical System Design covers first order layout, image quality evaluation, aberration theory, optimization, and refractive/reflective design forms. Advanced topics in optical system design begins with refractive/reflective design forms and then covers advanced optimization techniques, zoom lenses, aspheres, stray light analysis, tolerancing, and illumination design.

Optical Thin Film Coating Technology—covers all aspects of optical interference devices including thin-film design, digital design methods, and coating and characterization.

Overview of Quantum Science—short course providing a survey of quantum science with a focus on optics. Quantum optical approaches to secure communication, computing and sensing will be described. Free to all summer school participants. (June 12, 1:30-4:30 p.m.)