6.637 Optical Signals, Devices, and Systems
Principles of operation and applications of devices and systems for optical signal generation, transmission, detection, storage, processing and display. Topics include review of the basic properties of electromagnetic waves; coherence and interference; diffraction and holography; Fourier optics; coherent and incoherent imaging and signal processing systems; optical properties of materials; lasers and LEDs; electro-optic and acousto-optic light modulators; photorefractive and liquid-crystal light modulation; spatial light modulators and displays; optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems; photodetectors; 2-D and 3-D optical storage technologies; adaptive optical systems; role of optics in next-generation computers. Student research paper on a specific contemporary topic required. Recommended prerequisites: 6.007 or 8.03.
This class has 6.003 as a prerequisite.
This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This is a graduate-level class.
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