2.71 Optics

Class Info

Introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Geometrical optics: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry. Wave optics: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product. Emphasis on analytical and numerical tools used in optical design. Graduate students are required to complete additional assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project.

This class has 8.02, 18.03, 2.004, and 2.04A as prerequisites.

2.71 will be offered this semester (Fall 2019). It is instructed by G. Barbastathis and P. T. So.

Lecture occurs 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM on Mondays and Wednesdays in 1-135.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Optics site.

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