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2.71 / 2.710 Optics, Fall 2004

Imaging condition: ray-tracing.
Imaging condition: ray-tracing. (Image courtesy of Prof. George Barbastathis.)

Highlights of this Course

This course features an extensive set of lecture notes full problem sets available in PDF format.

Watch a video introduction featuring the course instructor.
(RM - 56K) (RM - 80K) (RM - 220K)

Please note that since our Spring 2005 publication, the translated version available from Universia may not have the most current content that is available on the MIT OCW site.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered include geometrical optics: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry; wave optics: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Faunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, and space-bandwidth product. Emphasis is on analytical and numerical tools used in optical design. Graduate students are required to complete additional assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project.

Technical Requirements

RealOne™ Player software is required to run the .rm files found on this course site.

 

Staff

Instructor:
Prof. George Barbastathis

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
Lec 1: 2 hours / session
Lec 2: 1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate / Graduate

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