Nagoya University, School of Engineering Lecture information system (SYLLABUS)

Physical Optics 1(2.0 credits)

Course Type:Specialized Courses
Class Format:Lecture
Course Name : Applied Physics
Starts 1 : 2 the latter term
Elective/Compulsory : Compulsory
Lecturer : Takeshi KOYAMA Associate Professor 

•Course Purpose
Application of various phenomena that light exhibits is fundamental to our life. The purpose of this class is to understand the basic concept of various optical phenomena on the basis of geometric optics and wave optics.
1. The ability to explain the principle of operation of lens and other optical components.
2. The ability to describe the interference of light based on the wave optics
3. The ability to explain the rectilinear propagation and diffraction of light

•Prerequisite Subjects
1. Mathematics 1 with Exercises
2. Mathematics 2 with Exercises
3. Electromagnetics I
4. Electromagnetics II

•Course Topics
1. History of optics and various electromagnetic waves
2. Fermat's principle
3. Imaging by spheres
4. Lens and aberration
5. Wave equations
6. Complex notation of wave
7. Superposition of waves
8. Interference of light and application
9. Coherency of light and interferometry
10. Propagation of light and Fresnel's theory
11. Kirchhoff's diffraction theory
12. Fresnel diffraction
13. Fraunhofer diffraction
14. Holography
15. Correspondence between wave optics and geometric optics

Optical Physics by T. Kushida (Kyoritsu) (Japanese)

•Additional Reading
Optics by Eugene Hecht (Maruzen)

•Grade Assessment
Examination (60%) and report (40%)


•Contacting Faculty
Students can ask questions after the class. Otherwise, contact the instructor.


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