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Department of Physics
Undergraduate Courses

Physics 325 — Spring 2013
  Wave Motion and Optics

Lecture:                                         
  MWF  9:55-10:45am,  2104 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):

 

  Hecht, Optics
         Standard undergrad optics text.  We will use this for
supplementary
         material.  Widely available but expensive new.
  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.
            (see errata

  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: 1:00�2:00pm Thursdays
  (also by appointment, by email, through random attempts . . .)


download Syllabus (24 jan 2013)

Homework

In-class Exercises

Useful Stuff:

   Fourier transforms cheatsheet

   Course Reference Page

   Library Reserves

 




Week

Dates

Topics

Reading

1

23 Jan

25Jan

Introduction � Maxwell�s equations

Plane waves

Review Ch 0 (mostly 0.2)

Review Ch 1, Start Ch2

2

28 Jan

30 Jan,1 Feb

Waves in matter � index of refraction

Energy transport

Chapter 2

3

4,6,8 Feb

Reflection and refraction � material interfaces

Chapter 3

4

11,13,15 Feb

Multiple interfaces � interference

Chapter 4

5

18,20,22 Feb

Fabry Perot etalons and multilayer coatings

Chapter 4

6

25 Feb

27 Feb

Anisotropic media and polarization

review

skim chapters 5 & 6

review 1-5

EXAM 1

1 Mar

Covers through Ch 4

 

7

5,4,6,8 Mar

Superposition � phase and group velocity

Chapter 7

Fourier Transforms

8

11,13 Mar

15 Mar

Dispersion and spectra. 

Michelson interferometer

Chapter 7

Begin Chapter 8

9

18,20,22 Mar

Coherence

Chapter 8

Spring Brk

23-31 Mar

 

 

10

1 Apr

3,5 Apr

review

Geometrical optics

review 6-8

Chapter 9

11

8,10,12 Apr

Image formation and aberrations

Chapter 9

12

15 Apr

review

Chapters 7-9

EXAM 2

17 Apr

Covers chapters 5-9, Fourier transforms

 

12

19 Apr

Diffraction � Huygens� principle

Chapter 10

13

22,24,

26 Apr

Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction

Resolution limits, spectrometers

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

14

29 Apr, 1

3 May

Diffraction gratings and spectrometers

Gaussian beams

Chapter 11

15

6 May

8,10 May

Gaussian optics

Holography

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

FINAL

14 May (T)

10:05am � 12:055 pm.  Location TBA (2104 Ch. ??)

review all




Grading: Exams 67%, homework 25%, participation/attendance 8%.  Final has double weight of midterms.  Will drop lowest midterm or � 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:01/18/2013
 


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