PHYC 476L/477L/302L Experimental Techniques of Optics

Spring 2018

Laser Safety


  • 302L: PHYC 302 or 330 or 262 or 160
  • 476L/477L:  PHYC 302 or PHYC/ECE 463 or 464

Please drop the course if you have not passed at least one of the pre-requisite courses.

Class meeting times  (BE ON TIME):

  • Section  I:  Mondays,  1:00 pm- 4:50 pm
  • Section II: Tuesdays,  4:00 pm- 7:50 pm

Where to Meet:

If lectures are scheduled, we meet in P&A Room 190 (or 1131 depending on availability), then move to Room 112 (Optics Lab).  If no lectures scheduled, students should directly go to the lab.

Useful Textbooks:

Teaching Assistants: 

 Behshad Roshanzadeh ,  Junwei Meng (Tiger)

Lab Coordinator: Dr. Michael Hasselbeck ,  Eric Lee 


NotebookThe final grade is weighted as follows:

  • Interaction with TAs and Instructors during the lab sessions
  • Lab Notebooks (See Instructions)
  • Lab Reports
  • Random oral exam at the end of some experiments   

Each student will be given a  blank lab notebook (60 pages/double sided) on the first day of the course. She/he must record the details of each experiment following the guidelines described here.

Lab Report Template

Basic Optics Experiments (for 302L only)
The Wavemeter
Velocity Measurements by Optical Techniques
Ray Tracing and Lens Aberrations
Modelocking a CW Laser  
Fourier Optics  
Polarization Study
He-Ne Laser  
Diode-Pumped Solid-State (DPSS) Laser  
Nonlinear Optics (NEW: v 2.0)  img1.gif
Mode-Locked Ti:Sapphire Laser (coming soon!!)

Useful Sites

Relativistic Doppler

Tutorials and Guides:

OSHA Laser Safety


Laser RadiationAll students enrolled are required to read the above OSHA manual carefully. You will be asked to sign an "Agreement of Understanding" form on the first session of this course.

Lab Notebook Instructions

Lab Manuals and Notes

Lab Report Template


Lab Report Template

Virtual Optical Table
Check Your Eyesight! (a Fourier Optics trick)