APPLIED OPTICS

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Code
94888
ACADEMIC YEAR
2017/2018
CREDITS
6 credits during the 2nd year of 9012 PHYSICS (LM-17) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR
FIS/01
LANGUAGE
Italian
TEACHING LOCATION
GENOVA (PHYSICS)

OVERVIEW

The Applied Optics course provides an introduction to some of the most important optical techniques that find application in several research fields and in manufacturing. The arguments of the program  are considered both theoretically and in the laboratory practice

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Understanding some of the main optical techniques with analytical and imaging applications.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

Nowadays these techniques find implementation in very high performance instruments, but very closed with respect to the operator’s action. The peculiar skills of the physicist can take a special value providing a proper knowledge of the underlying principles and a critical attitudes towards the real limitations of the techniques.

TEACHING METHODS

Applied Optics is a 60-hour course divided into theoretical and laboratory classes. Laboratory classes provide both a practical demonstration of the arguments introduced theoretically and the possibility to try them independently

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  • Introduction to Fourier transforms, their numerical implementation and to linear systems.
  • Interference
  • Michelson’s interferometer and temporal coherence
  • White light interferometry
  • FT spectrometry
  • Young’s interference and spatial coherence
  • Van Cittert-Zernike Theorem
  • Fabry-Pérot interferometer
  • The diffraction grating e dispersive spectroscopy
  • Light propagation and the diffraction integral
  • The theory of imaging
  • The thin lens
  • Lateral and axial resolution in optical systems
  • Holography and digital holography
  • Spatial filtering
  • Polarization of light
  • Jones’ calculus
  • Stokes’ parameter and Poincaré sphere

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

M. Born and E. Wolf, “Principles of optics”, Cambridge University Press.

J.W. Goodman, “Introduction to Fourier optics”, Mc. Graw-Hill

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

Applied Optics is a 60-hour course divided into theoretical and laboratory classes. Laboratory classes provide both a practical demonstration of the arguments introduced theoretically and the possibility to try them independently

Class schedule

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Laboratory work and oral exam

ASSESSMENT METHODS

For the evaluation, the requirement is to carry out a short experimental work and to undergo an oral exam where the student shall show a proper knowledge of the course topics.Minimum marks required to pass the exam is 18/30. In order to achieve 30/30 or 30/30 cum laude an excellent knowledge is required.