After this course, the student:|
1 is able to understand and explain basic concepts of geometrical optics (relfection/refraction, Fermat’s principle, lens
2 is able to understand and explain basic concepts of physical optics (electromagnetic waves, plane waves,
superposition, interference, diffraction)
3 can apply the aforementioned concepts to analyse, design and execute optical experiments
In this part we address the basic concepts of both geometrical optics (light as a ray) and physical optics (light as a wave). The course consists of a few lectures and a larger experimental assignment. In the lectures the theoretical concepts will be discussed, while in the experimental assignment the student will apply these concepts to design, construct and characterize an optical instrument (e.g. microscope and/or photo-spectrometer). The instrument is then used to carry out experiments that relate to microscopic/spectroscopic characterization of materials.