Course title
Physics: Optics


Course description
Optical physics is the study of the fundamental properties of light and its interaction with matter. Optics is at the heart of many of the world's most powerful scientific instruments, enabling, for example, modern telescopes to achieve previously unimaginable resolution. The course is open to students interested in studying classical optical phenomena such as reflection, refraction, diffraction and interference, but also in studying the quantum mechanical properties of individual packets of lights known as photons.
Purpose of class
The purpose is to understand the behaviour and properties of light, including its interactions with matter and the construction and principles of instruments that are used to detect it. Topics covered include the propagation of light, light detection, polarization, interferometry, diffractometry, lasers and optical instrumentation needed for many areas of research and engineering fields.
Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives Course Outcomes
1. Students will be able to understand light propagation and its interaction with matter
2. Students will be able to understand how the images formed in an optical system
3. Students will be able to understand wave optics by studying the diffraction, interference, polarization, and other phenomena
4. Students will be able to obtain knowledge on light sources and optical instrumentation needed for many areas of research and engineering fields
5. Students will get a knowledge of Fourier optics and its application in information processing
Class schedule

Class schedule HW assignments (Including preparation and review of the class.) Amount of Time Required
1. Ray Optics I

a. Reflection - Plane Mirror, Spherical Mirrors
b. Refraction: Snell’s Law
Read Power point presentation and textbook 80分
Work on exercises 80分
2. Ray Optics II

a. Total Internal Reflection
b. Introduction to Fiber Optics
c. Lenses
Read Power point presentation and textbook 90分
Work on exercises 80分
3. Wave Optics I

a. Huygens’ Principle
b. Diffraction
c. Refraction
d. Interference
Read Power point presentation and textbook 80分
Work on exercises 80分
4. Wave Optics II

a. Polarization: Application in Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD)
b. Scattering of Light
Read Power point presentation and textbook 80分
Work on exercises 80分
5. Optical Instruments I

a. The Human eye: Corrective lenses
b. Magnifying Glasses, Telescopes, Microscopes
c. Aberrations (Lenses and Mirrors)
d. Resolution
Read Power point presentation and textbook 100分
Work on exercises 100分
6. Optical Instruments II

a. X-Rays and X-Ray Diffraction
b. X-Ray Imaging and Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
Read Power point presentation and textbook 100分
Work on exercises 100分
7. Mid-term exam and discussion on the solutions afterwards Preparation for midterm examination 200分
8. Dispersion and material properties Matlab simulation and calculation of correction of dispersion in materials 120分
Problem-solving 80分
9. Diffraction and its usage in size measurement Prepare for experiment Involving practical measurement of different things such as pollen, microplastics 120分
Report of experiments 80分
10. Interference and its usage in optical coherence tomography Prepare with handouts for Hands-on experiments with OCT instrument of a multilayered object with an absorber inside 80分
Report of experiments 120分
11. Lasers and thermal sources Prepare for Laser speckle experiments 120分
Report of experiments 100分
12. Fourier transforms Prepare with a hand out on Fourier transforms 120分
Work on exercises 80分
13. Experiments on Fourier optics with a liquid crystal phase modulator Prepare with a hand out for hands-on experiments 180分
Report of experiments
14. Presentation by students and discussion Preparation for final presentation 200分
Final report on a research paper
Total. - - 2650分
Relationship between 'Goals and Objectives' and 'Course Outcomes'

Quiz, Presentations Mid-term Final exam Total.
1. 6% 7% 7% 20%
2. 6% 7% 7% 20%
3. 6% 7% 7% 20%
4. 6% 7% 7% 20%
5. 6% 7% 7% 20%
Total. 30% 35% 35% -
Evaluation method and criteria
Quiz, presentation on exercises etc. and midterm exam will contribute to 65% and the final exam contributes to 35% of the total grade.
You need to get 60% or above of the total score of 100% to pass this course.
Textbooks and reference materials
Physics, 7th Edition, by Giancoli
Optics, 4th Edition, by E. Hecht, 2002 Pearson Education, Inc.
Knowledge in electromagnetism, waves, and oscillations in physics would be helpful.
Office hours and How to contact professors for questions
  • Students are asked to contact through email and make appointments.
Non-regionally-oriented course
Development of social and professional independence
  • Course that cultivates a basic problem-solving skills
Active-learning course
About half of the classes are interactive
Course by professor with work experience
Work experience Work experience and relevance to the course content if applicable
Education related SDGs:the Sustainable Development Goals
Last modified : Fri May 27 04:11:04 JST 2022