Donna Strickland, Ph. D.

Course outline

  1. Polarization (2 lectures)
    • Define polarization of plane waves
    • Linear, circular and elliptical polarization
    • Birefringence - index ellipsoid or indicatrix
    • Phase velocity versus ray velocity
    • Phase retarders
    • Types of polarizers; dichroic, thin film, birefringent
    • Jones vectors and matrices – matrix description of polarization
  2. Thin films
    • Fresnel equations, Brewster’s angle, Fresnel Rhomb
    • Multi-beam interference, etalons
    • Multiple layers
    • Anti-reflection and high reflection coatings
  3. Coherence
    • Temporal coherence
    • Partial coherence
    • Spatial coherence
  4. Introduction to Fourier optics
    • Fourier series
    • Fourier transform
    • Common Fourier transforms and theorems
  5. Diffraction and dispersion
    • Fresnel diffraction
    • Fraunhofer diffraction
    • Temporal dispersion
  6. Transform properties of optical systems
    • Fourier transform properties of a thin lens
    • 4-f-system
    • Spatial filtering
  7. Applications
    • Information processing
    • Holograph