Physics 196 A- Physical Optics Spring 2010



Optics Applets
         Diffraction Gratings                    Light House Fresnel Lens-Paris Maritime Museum

Instructor:  Madalina Furis
521 Cook
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:50PM in A402 Cook
Textbook:  Physical Optics, by E. Hecht Fourth Edition
  • This book is available at the UVM Bookstore.
  • You might also be able to find it online.
  • Additional helpful materials and books will be reccomended and distributed throughout the semester

Companion book: Introduction to Modern Optics, by Grant Fowles
Prerequisites:  Physics 128, Math 121
Photons and the Electromagnetic Theory, Propagation of light, Polarization of Light, Interference and Diffraction, Interaction of Light with Matter, Lasers, Light Detectors, and Light Emitting Diodes
Grades in this course will be assigned as follows:
  • 40% Homework
    • Homework problems will be handed out every Monday and will be collected one week later (the following Monday) The homework will cover material discussed in class during that week.
    • To get full credit for the homework you need to show understanding of the physical concepts, as well as knowledge of problem solving techniques.
    • Limit your collaboration with fellow students to general procedures about strategies for solving a problem, rather than the solution itself.
  • 30% Exams
    • There will be two exams.  These exams will be scheduled out of class during the semester.
  • 20% Final Exam
    • The final exam for this class is scheduled for Friday, 14 May at 11:45 a.m.   The Registrar's Spring Exam  Matrix can be found here.
  • 10% Class Participation
    • The students are expected to read the material before coming to class. Participation to in-class experiments/demonstrations will count as credit. Part of the homework will be directly linked to the in-class activities.


Refer to  BB course site for details


The Quantized Nature of Light
      1. The Bohr Atom and Atomic Spectra
      2. Emission Spectrum of Atomic Hydrogen

Wave-Particle Duality
      3. Wave Diffraction and Interference
      4. The Electron Double Slit Experiment
      5.  Diffraction Gratings and Uncertainty
      6. Exploring the Dispersion of Classical Waves

Geometrical Optics
      7. The Human Eye
      8. The Camera
      9. The  Telescope

      10. Ripple Tank
       11 Dielectric Mirrors
       12. Two-Sources Interference Pattern

       13. Single Slit Diffraction
       14. Diffraction Grating

        15.Polarization Tutorial
        16 Circular and Linear Polarizers


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