University of Colorado Boulder
Design of High-Performance Optical Systems
University of Colorado Boulder

Design of High-Performance Optical Systems

This course is part of Optical Engineering Specialization

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Robert McLeod

Instructor: Robert McLeod

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23 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • Describe how different wavelengths propagate through systems

  • Develop strategies for correcting aberrations and enhancing the performance of optical instruments in various applications

  • Describe the nature and effects of optical aberrations, particularly in high-angle, non-paraxial systems

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

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Advanced level
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Learn at your own pace
Progress towards a degree

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There are 5 modules in this course

We now move away from the first order approximations and into real lenses and imperfect optical systems. We begin with a description of how different wavelengths propagate through systems.

What's included

15 videos3 readings2 quizzes4 discussion prompts

This module introduces the many types and causes of monochromatic imperfections in optical systems. We begin with the mathematical background of the causes of aberrations, then introduce a number of common aberrations so that you may recognize them in your own systems.

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20 videos6 quizzes4 discussion prompts

This module continues to discuss monochromatic imperfections in optical systems. We introduce field curvature and distortion so that you may recognize them in your own systems and then summarize the causes and effects of 3rd order aberrations along with the mathematical tools to describe them.

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13 videos6 quizzes

The previous three modules have discussed the various types of aberrations you will find in your optical systems. We now move to how to design a system that limits those aberrations.

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10 videos5 quizzes

In this last module before the capstone, we change gears from aberrations, and discuss a number of other optical elements that are usual in systems other than lenses. We cover light shaping with prisms, GRIN lenses, diffractive optics such as diffraction gratings and Fresnel lenses. Then we finish with an important optical element to all of us - the human eye. This module covers a lot of material and may take you a bit longer than the others.

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26 videos2 readings3 quizzes2 discussion prompts

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Robert McLeod
University of Colorado Boulder
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