PHYS-246   Waves, Optics, and Optical Technology

This course offers a combination of theoretical and experimental investigations into light and its interaction with matter. The electromagnetic-wave model and the photon model are developed and applied in the context of optical materials and instruments. Coverage includes assorted topics relating to lasers and other light sources, detectors, spectrometers, interferometers, thin films, gratings, polarizers, phase retarders, fiber optics, nonlinear crystals, and electro-optical technologies. Laboratory integrated with lecture. Prerequisites: Physics 235 or Physics 222 and Mathematics 172. Computer Science 106 is recommended.