6.161 / 6.637 Modern Optics Project Laboratory

Fall 2005

A diffraction pattern of 632.8 nm light from a hexagonal diffraction grating.
A diffraction pattern of 632.8 nm light from a hexagonal diffraction grating. (Photo courtesy of David R. Dunmeyer.)

Course Highlights

This course features a complete set of assignments and labs. A detailed description of the project is also available.

Course Description

6.161 offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles, and optical devices and systems. This course covers a wide range of topics, including: polarization properties of light, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, holography, imaging and transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, two-lens coherent optical processor, optical properties of materials, lasers, electro-optic, acousto-optic and liquid-crystal light modulators, optical detectors, optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Students engage in extensive oral and written communication exercises. There are 12 engineering design points associated with this subject.
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Staff

Instructor:
Prof. Cardinal Warde

Contributor:
David Dunmeyer

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session

Labs:
One session / week
3 hours / session

Level

Undergraduate

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