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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
4 hours to complete

Chromatic Aberrations

15 videos (Total 41 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
15 videos
Introduction to Chromatic Aberration1m
Chromatic Aberration Lab Demonstration1m
Abbe Number4m
Prism Dispersion52s
Lens Dispersion1m
Lens Dispersion Singlet Dispersion from V2m
Singlet in OS2m
Compare Singlet in OS to Formula1m
Achromatic Doublet Introduction3m
Achromatic Doublet Solution42s
Achromatic Doublet in OpticStudio1m
Compare Doublet in OS to Formula2m
How to Choose a Glass6m
Huygens Eyepiece4m
2 readings
Course Overview10m
Tools and Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Abbe Number Practice20m
Chromatic Aberrations2h
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Ray Aberrations

20 videos (Total 74 min), 6 quizzes
20 videos
Abbe Sine Condition5m
Airy Tangent Condition3m
Equivalent Refracting Surface2m
Introduction to Aberrations4m
Ray and Wavefront Aberrations1m
Longitudinal Ray Aberrations1m
Ray Aberration Polynomial I2m
Ray Aberration Polynomial II2m
Defocus and Magnification3m
Spherical Aberration Lab Demonstration5m
Spherical Aberration Introduction5m
Spherical Ray Aberration3m
Spherical Wavefront Aberration3m
Coma Introduction2m
Coma Ray and Wavefront Aberration4m
Astigmatism Introduction4m
Astigmatism Ray and Wavefront Aberration5m
Coma and Astigmatism Lab Demonstration3m
Summary of Ray Aberrations2m
6 practice exercises
Ray and Wavefront Aberration Practice20m
Spherical Aberration Background10m
Coma Practice10m
Astigmatism Practice4m
Aberration Identification20m
Wavefront and ray aberrations1h 30m
Week
3
3 hours to complete

Field Curvature and Distortion

13 videos (Total 42 min), 6 quizzes
13 videos
Petzval Wavefront Error56s
Petzval and Astigmatism3m
What is Petzval Radius?6m
Distortion Introduction3m
Distortion Wavefront19s
Summary of Ray Aberrations4m
Impact of Aberrations on Focal Length2m
Zernike Polynomials3m
Strehl Ratio6m
Intro to Seidel Sums2m
Simple Seidel Example2m
Complex Seidel Example2m
6 practice exercises
Petval Practice10m
Distortion Practice6m
OpticStudio Practice2m
Aberration Practice4m
Seidel practice2m
Field Curvature and Distortion1h 30m
Week
4
4 hours to complete

Techniques for Reduction of Aberrations

10 videos (Total 37 min), 5 quizzes
10 videos
Bending the Lens5m
Refractive Index2m
Stop Shift2m
Symmetry5m
Field Curvature and Negative Power1m
Field Flattener3m
Field Lens2m
Conic Mirrors5m
Reflective Telescopes4m
5 practice exercises
Stop shift OpticStudio Practice20m
Symmetric Singlets OpticStudio Practice20m
Field Lens Practice10m
Mirror OpticStudio Practice5m
Techniques for Reduction of Aberrations2h

Instructors

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Robert McLeod

Professor
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
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Amy Sullivan

Research Associate
Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering

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About the Optical Engineering Specialization

Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. This course will teach you how to design such optical systems with simple graphical techniques, then transform those pencil and paper designs to include real optical components including lenses, diffraction gratings and prisms. You will learn how to enter these designs into an industry-standard design tool, OpticStudio by Zemax, to analyze and improve performance with powerful automatic optimization methods....
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