University of Newcastle
Area of Study
Taught In English
PHYS1210, PHYS1220 and MATH1120 (or MATH1220)
Host University Units10
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3 - 4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4 - 6
Hours & Credits
Optics is one of the cornerstones of physics and is at the heart of all modern imaging and communications technologies. This course provides students with an understanding of optical phenomena based on the wave description of light. The principles of polarization, interference and diffraction will be fully developed and optical devices that use these properties of light will be described. The application of Fourier analysis to describe optical systems will be given.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the optical principles of thick lenses and optical aberrations.
2. Use the principles of wave motion and superposition to explain the physics of polarisation, interference and diffraction.
3. Describe the operation of optical devices, including, polarisers, retarders, modulators and inteferometers.
4. Apply Fourier analysis to describe optical phenomena.
5. Solve problems in optics by selecting the appropriate equations and performing numerical or analytical calculations.
6. Follow instructions to perform laboratory experiments in optics and document their results, using correct procedures and protocols.
7. Analyse, interpret and communicate results from laboratory experiments, orally or in a written laboratory report.
The interaction of light with materials.
The Superposition of Waves
- waves of the same frequency
- waves of different frequency
- anharmonic waves
- mathematical descriptions of polarised light
- generating polarised light
- optical devices using polarisation
- wavefront splitting interferometers
- amplitude splitting interferometers
- multiple beam intereference
- Fraunhofer diffraction
- Fresnel diffraction
- Fourier Optics
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 9 Weeks
9 weeks includes Introductory Lab session. An integrated learning approach will be taken in the lectures and laboratories.
Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.