Optical Engineering


CMPE Degree: This course is Elective for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Elective for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Optics and Photonics

Course Coordinator: Thomas K Gaylord

Prerequisites: ECE 3025 [min C]

Corequisites: None.

Catalog Description

Introduction to applications of geometric & physical optics to
engineering, including optical measurements, matrix methods,
instruments, interference, holography, beam optics, Fourier
optics & diffraction.

Course Outcomes

  1. Design and implement optical components and imaging systems using geometrical optics.
  2. Describe and analyze modern photonic systems for display, data storage, communication, and illumination.
  3. Design and characterize optical sources, including fluorescence, light emitting diodes, lasers, etc.
  4. Analyze light waves and their characteristics such as optical interference, diffraction, polarization, etc.
  5. Analyze and implement optical waveguides used in fiber communications and integrated photonics.

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( P ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( LN ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( LN ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( LN ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( LN ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( P ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( LN ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Not Applicable

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Modern Optical/Optoelectronic Systems
Communications; Data Storage; Display; Spectroscopy; Detection; Imaging; Data Processing; Illumination
Optical Sources and Measurements

Blackbody Radiation
Light Sources / Light Emitting Diodes (LED)
Coherence (Spatial /Temporal )
Radiometry / Photometry
Geometrical Optics (Image Formation)

Reflection and Refraction at a Spherical Surface
Thin and Thick Lenses
Optical Components
Lenses, Mirrors, Prisms, Beam Splitters
Aberrations in Optical Systems
Optical Instruments
Microscopes, Telescopes

Electromagnetic Optics
Polarized Light
Reflection and Refraction
Brewster's Angle
Grating Diffraction

Waveguide Optics
Planar waveguides
Fiber optics
Phase and Group Velocity
Fourier Optics and Holography
Optical Fourier Transforms
Production of Holograms
Holographic Nondestructive Testing
Optical Data Processing
Pattern Recognition
Image Enhancement
Optical Memories