EE 4802/5802 Optical Engineering
Light has been used in electronic equipments, such as illumination and biomedical imaging, for many decades because it has many unique properties. There is a trend to use light to partially or completely replace the traditional electronic systems in applications such as communication, data storage, and remote sensing. This trend has made it crucial for engineering students to understand the properties of light so that one can apply light in applications.This course introduces some of the most important concepts in optical engineering and prepares students a solid foundation to apply them to applications in the field. The course starts out by theoretical descriptions of light with Maxwell’s equations and discusses the properties of light thereafter, including guided-wave optics, transmission and reflection of light, polarization effects, optical aberrations and ray optics, optical scattering, optical interference and diffraction, optical coherency, lasers and optical detectors.