About this Specialization

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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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Learner Career Outcomes
20%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Advanced Level

Approx. 5 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

First Order Optical System Design

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Course2

Course 2

Optical Efficiency and Resolution

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18 ratings
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Course3

Course 3

Design of High-Performance Optical Systems

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This specialization 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.

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This program is part of the University of Colorado Boulder's Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, a fully MOOC-based master's degree offered in partnership with Coursera. In addition to the coursework in this non-credit specialization, which will transfer to your for-credit course, if you pay tuition and pass all required for-credit work in each course, you will earn CU Boulder academic credit and can potentially apply that credit toward a degree. Learn more, and start your journey today.

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  • The specialization is designed to be taken over 18 weeks. Each course is 6 weeks in length.

  • Knowledge of electromagnetic waves and mathematical tools at the level of a senior electrical engineering undergraduate are assumed.

  • We recommend you take the courses in order as each course builds upon the knowledge gained in the previous course.

  • Students completing this specialization will be able to:

    · Design optical systems based on first-order approximations to quickly evaluate the feasibility of a new idea.

    · Design optical systems with the required resolution and efficiency for a given project.

    · Design complex, high-performance optical systems with multiple types of components with limited aberrations.

    · Analyze the performance of optical systems using OpticStudio by Zemax.

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