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PHYC/ECE 463 Advanced Optics I

Office: Physics & Astronomy Rm. 1109 (North Wing)
Phone: 277-2080, Fax: 277-1520

Optics TextbookOffice Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm. or by appointment.

TA Office Hours: Mondays 4-5 pm (Room 146)

Midterm Exam: Wed. Oct. 24 (closed book)

Class meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays 17:30- 18:45 ; Physics and Astronomy, Room 5

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (April 30, 1996) ISBN-10: 0471634107 ISBN-13: 978-0471634102

Textbook: Optics (2nd edition) by Klein & Furtak

Pre-requisites: (CheckUNM Catalogfor more details).

Teaching Assistant: Zhanliang (Jim) Sunjimsun@unm.eduRoom 146, Tel: 277-1868

Assignments: Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester..

Tests: There will be one midterm exam and a final exam.

Check the UNM'sOffice of Registrarfor possible changes in the Final exam schedule

Last day to drop the courses without a grade is TBA.

For other deadlines see:Fall 07 Deadline Dates

Tentative Grading (subject to change):

The final grade is weighted as follows:

  • Midterm Exam: 35%
  • Final Exam: 35%
  • Homework: 30%

Course Syllabus

1- Introduction

  • electromagnetic theory, Maxwell's equations
  • modern developments (relativistic optics, quantum optics)

2- Optics of Planar Interfaces

  • Maxwell's equations in matter
  • reflection and transmission (Fresnel's Laws)
  • prism optics
  • dielectric waveguides

3- Geometrical Optics

  • ray tracing
  • imaging (spherical and spherical surfaces, thin lenses, mirrors,..)
  • paraxial optics
  • matrix method
  • thick lenses
  • examples of optical systems (human eye, telescopes, microscopes, ...)
  • aberration

5- Interference

  • two-beam and multi-beam interference
  • interferometers, applications

6- Polarization

  • states of polarization
  • polarizers, waveplates
  • matrix techniques
  • crystal optics, tensor properties

7- Diffraction (introductory)


  • Pick up your graded homework (one-week after the due date) from its marked folder placed in the front office.
  • The solution will be posted online and a copy will be also placed in a folder in the front office.


#Due DateSourceSolutionReading Assignments
1Wed. Aug. 29PDF

All Chapter 1, 2.1, 2.2

2Wed. Sept. 5PDF

2.3, 2.4

3Wed. Sept. 12PDF


4Wed. Sept. 19PDF


5Wed. Sept. 26PDF


6Wed. Oct. 3PDF


7Wed. Oct. 10PDF

4.2, 4.3

8Wed. Oct. 17PDF


Exam-I CribSheet

Exam-I- Solution

9Wed. Nov. 7PDF

10Wed. Nov. 14PDFAll Chapter 5
11Wed. Nov. 28PDFWaveguides
Final Exam-I CribSheetFinal Exam-I CribSheet

TA Office Hours: Mondays 4-5 pm (Room 146)

Midterm Exam: Wed. Oct. 24 (closed book)

Final Exam: Wed. Dec. 12, 5:30-7:30 (closed book)