These are the course materials for the Introduction to Optics course I taught at Dartmouth College, Fall 2017. In varying degrees, the materials are evolved from previous years’ content by Prof. Kevin Wright. Included are lecture notes, lecture slides, homework sets, exams, and quizzes. The syllabus is found here.
Individual documents are available below. Alternatively, the entire set may be cloned or forked from my github repository.
This course is mostly an introduction to classical optics, encompassing the theory of electromagnetic waves, optical systems, polarization, diffraction, interference, and Fourier transform methods. Also discussed, are the consequences of the dual wave/particle nature of light, and how to treat light as if composed of rays (geometric optics) or waves (physical optics). More advanced topics are touched on throughout the course, as well as discussion of the underlying principles for several modern optical technologies and physical phenomena.
|1||Electromagnetic Waves||PDF | pptx||HW1||Quiz 1|
|2||Interaction with Matter||PDF | pptx||HW2||–|
|3||Ray Optics||PDF | pptx||HW3||Exam 1 | solns|
|4||Superposition of Waves||PDF | pptx||HW4||–|
|5||Polarization||PDF | pptx||HW5||Quiz 2|
|6||Interference||PDF | pptx||HW6||Exam 2 | solns|
|7||Diffraction||PDF | pptx||HW7||–|
|8||Fourier Optics||PDF | pptx||HW8||–|
|9||Modern Optics||–||PDF | pptx||–||Exam 3 | solns|
(header image credit: N.A.Sharp, NOAO/NSO/Kitt Peak FTS/AURA/NSF)