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Department of Physics
Undergraduate Courses

Physics 325 —  Spring 2012
  Wave Motion and Optics

Lecture:                                         
  MWF  9:55-10:45am,  2116 Chamberlin 
                                                                   

Text:   "Physics of Light and Optics"   Peatross & Ware, 2011c ed.

   PDF file free on line here.
   But it is recommended you get a printed copy for about $18, including shipping.

Supplementary Texts (on reserve in physics library):

 
 Miller & Roesler, Applied Optics
Excellent reference for classical applied optics and instrumentation.
Particularly strong on spectroscopic instrumentation
download pdf here (currently has no index, but extensive T.O.C.)
 Fowles, Introduction to Modern Optics
          Concise coverage of core material.  Available for less than $10.00.
            (but see errata)
  Hecht, Optics
        Standard undergrad optics text.  Volumnous.  Much extraneous material.
        Widely available but generally expensive.

  Born & Wolf, Principles of Optics

         Classic reference.  Has rigorous derivations of all basic quantities.  From
          1950's, so no lasers!
  Jenkins & White, Fundamentals of Optics
         
Another classic reference with very clear explanations.  Again, it's old . . .


  
Course Instructor:                            
Dan McCammon   
6207 Chamberlin Hall — 262-5916 
mccammon@physics.wisc.edu  
Office Hours: 1:30–2:30pm Mon. 
  (also by appointment, by email, through random attempts . . .)


Syllabus: v23 Jan 2012

Homework

Useful Stuff:
       Fourier transforms cheatsheet

Course Reference Page

Library Reserves

 

Week

Dates

Topics

Reading

1

23 Jan

25,27 Jan

Introduction — Maxwell’s equations

Plane Waves

Review Ch 0 (mostly 0.2)

Review Ch 1, Start Ch2

2

30 Jan

1,3 Feb

Waves in matter — index of refraction

Energy transport

Chapter 2

3

6,8,10 Feb

Reflection and refraction — material interfaces

Chapter 3

4

13,15,17 Feb

Multiple interfaces — interference

Chapter 4

5

20,22,24 Feb

Fabry Perot etalons and multilayer coatings

Chapter 4

6

27 Feb

29 Feb

Anisotropic media and polarization

review

skim chapters 5 & 6

review 1-5

EXAM 1

2 Mar

Covers through Ch 4

 

7

5,7,9 Mar

Superposition — phase and group velocity

Chapter 7

Fourier Transforms

8

12,14 Mar

16 Mar

Dispersion and spectra. 

Michelson interferometer

Chapter 7

Begin Chapter 8

9

19,21,23 Mar

Coherence

Chapter 8

10

26 Mar

28,30 Mar

review

Geometrical optics

review 6-8

Chapter 9

Spring Brk

 

 

 

11

9,11,13 Apr

Image formation and aberrations

Chapter 9

12

16 Apr

review

Chapters 7-9

EXAM 2

18 Apr

Covers chapters 5-9, Fourier transforms

 

12

20 Apr

Diffraction — Huygens’ Principle

Chapter 10

13

23,25,

27 Apr

Fresnel and Fraunhofer Diffraction

Resolution limits, spectrometers

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

14

30 Apr, 2

4 May

Diffraction gratings and spectrometers

Gaussian beams

Chapter 11

15

7 May

9,11 May

Gaussian optics

Holography

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

FINAL

16 May

2:45 - 4:45 pm.  Location TBA (but probably 2116 Ch)

Review all


Grading:
Exams 60%, homework 30%, participation/attendance 10%.  Final has double weight of midterms.  Will drop lowest midterm or ½ weight of final. 

Homework: You are encouraged to work together to decide how to do a problem, but what you turn in must be your own.  Scored on 0-3 scale:  0 = garbage or copied, 1 = substantial effort but little progress, 2 = on right track but significant errors, 3 = correct or only minor errors.   Late homework is generally not accepted.  See the instructor if you think you have a good excuse.

 


 

 


Last updated:01/18/2012
 


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