PHYS-246   Waves, Optics, and Optical Technology

Introduction to the basic properties of waves and light, with applications to optical technology. Development of wave and particle models for light. Interactions between light and matter. Reflection, refraction, interference, and diffraction. Devices and applications, including lasers and other light sources, detectors, lenses, thin films, gratings, interferometers, 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.