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Approx. 72 hours to complete

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Advanced Level

Approx. 72 hours to complete

Suggested: 6 weeks of study, 4 - 6 hours/week...

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

Geometrical Optics for Gaussian Beams

5 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 80 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Light has a shape3m
The Gaussian beam11m
The Gaussian q parameter4m
The evolution of the q parameter10m
Gaussian Beam Propagation Lab Demo3m
Ray tracing Gaussian beams9m
Examples of ray tracing Gaussian beams7m
Do Gaussian beams obey imaging?8m
The Lagrange invariant4m
The post-doc's tale4m
Design of a fiber to fiber coupler7m
2 readings
Course overview5m
Tools and Resources10m
4 practice exercises
Gaussian Beam Practice Problems20m
Gaussian Beam OpticStudio Practice20m
Practice Problem15m
Gaussian Beams1h 45m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Maxwell's Equations

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
8 videos
Lorentz oscillator10m
Wave equation3m
Plane waves4m
Spatial frequency9m
Spherical waves2m
Fresnel coefficients7m
Brewster's Angle Laboratory Demonstration5m
2 readings
Spatial Frequency Introduction10m
Polarization: Sunglasses and the Sky15m
3 practice exercises
Absorption Practice10m
Practice Problems20m
Maxwell's Equations2h
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Impulse Responses and Transfer Functions

3 hours to complete
10 videos (Total 61 min)
10 videos
Fourier Transform of the Gaussian Beam4m
The Airy disk6m
Cutoff Frequency5m
The coherent transfer function4m
The relation of impulse response and transfer function5m
Incoherent impulse response4m
Optical transfer function4m
Summary6m
Implementation in OpticStudio10m
2 practice exercises
Airy Disk OpticStudio Practice20m
Impulse Responses1h
Week
4

Week 4

6 hours to complete

Finite Aperture Optics

6 hours to complete
11 videos (Total 90 min)
11 videos
Field stop and windows8m
Lyot stop6m
Stops Laboratory Demonstration4m
Effective NA and F#7m
Depth of focus9m
Vignetting6m
Telecentric imaging4m
Lagrange invariant8m
Resolvability12m
Example and Phase Space13m
2 practice exercises
Finite Aperture Practice30m
Fine Aperture Optics3h

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This course is part of the 100% online Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from University of Colorado Boulder. If you are admitted to the full program, your courses count towards your degree learning.

About the Optical Engineering Specialization

The courses in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5600-5602, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here. 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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