This course provides hands-on experience with MATLAB by performing weekly computer exercises revolving around optics. Each module explores a new topic in optics, while simultaneously providing experience in MATLAB. The goal is to bridge the gap between theoretical concepts and real-world applications. Topics include an introduction to MATLAB, review of electromagnetism, ray tracing, 1D Fourier theory and propagation in optical fibers, laser beam propagation, paraxial wave propagation in turbulent media, diffraction and holography, polarization and interferometry, optical waveguides and laser theory and related technologies. Students are expected to complete a semester project that will facilitate investigation of a topic of interest not specifically covered in the course. Course Note(s): No prior experience with MATLAB is required. While a background in optics is helpful, it is not required.
Optics and Matlab
01/22/2024 - 05/07/2024