3 x 1-hour lectures weekly
6 x 3-hour laboratories per semester
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 PHYS1102 - Fundamental Physics II
2 ^ 1 of MATH2711, ENGR2711
Must Satisfy: (1 and 2)
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PHYS2711, PHYS8731 has been successfully completed
Topic description

This topic includes study in: Radiometry and Photometry; Geometrical optics; Optical instruments; Vision correction. Wave nature of light; wave motion, wave equations, dispersion, interference; diffraction; polarisation; coherence; Particle nature of light; light-matter interaction, laser theory; laser types; and laser applications.

Educational aims

This topic aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of Optics and the closely related Classical Physics subjects of wave motion and dynamics. Students will attend laboratories where various Optical Phenomena will be investigated and practical experience with a variety of Optical Instruments will be obtained.

Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of quantities used in Radiometry and Photometry to specify the energy content of light
  2. Describe image formation in Geometrical Optics using both mathematical and graphical methods
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of general wave phenomena in Classical Physics, with specific applications to Physical Optics (Interference, Diffraction, Polarisation)
  4. Understand the physics principles underlying the construction and operation of a Laser

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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