325: Wave Motion and
This course involves study of wave motion with particular application to
The topics covered are:
phenomenon (Wave equation, Review of
E&M, Electromagnetic waves)
of EM waves
(Dipole radiation, Black body
radiation, Stimulated emission, Lasers)
of EM waves (Scattering, Reflection,
Refraction, Interaction of light and matter, Stokes treatment)
Optics (Thin and Thick Lenses, Mirrors,
Prisms, Fiber optics, Optical systems, Abberations)
nature of light
(Introduction, mutual coherence function, applications)
(Imaging, Holography, nonlinear
Prerequisites: Physics 311 and 321.
This course involves
study of wave phenomena with specific applications to waves in media and
electromagnetic phenomena. Wave equations, propagation, radiation, coherence,
interference, diffraction, scattering. Light and its interactions with matter,
geometrical and physical optics are covered. This class provides not only an
excellent ground work for further studies in modern physics, but also
helps those interested in applications of optical technology.
laboratory course covers experiments associated with this course.
Hecht, Third Edition, Addison-Wesley-Longman.
to Optics, Pedrotti and Pedrotti, Second Edition, Prentice-Hall
325 vs. 625: Which to
take? 325 is an introduction to wave motion and optics at the
intermediate level, and emphasizes physical principles as opposed to practical
applications. It moves at a slower pace than 625. 325 is taken by physics
undergraduates and some graduate students from other departments.
Laboratory experiments that go along with 325 are done in 308. 625 is a
more difficult, advanced course that covers the basics quickly and proceeds to
applications. The integrated laboratory is designed to provide excellent
training for students using classical optics in their research. 625 is
taken by a few physics undergraduates, physics graduate students, and graduate
students from other departments around the university including chemistry,
engineering (mechanical, electrical, chemical), and CALS. It is expected
that most undergraduates will take 325.