This course deals with optical system design involving state of-the-art concepts. In particular, we will analyze the impact of nonlinearity in the propagation of laser beams and also the stochastic nature of light propagation in some commonly encountered situations such as atmospheric and undersea light propagation. Nonlinear interactions of light and matter play a significant role in a large portion of modern optical systems. In most situations, the optical system designer needs to eliminate or reduce nonlinearities and operate in a so-called linear regime. In other situations, the optical system takes advantage of the nonlinear interaction to produce significantly new operating conditions that are a significant key to the performance of modern optical systems. Similarly, taking into account the stochastic nature of light emission, detection, and propagation is important in the design and analyses of modern optical systems. The course reviews random processes involved in optical systems and applies statistical tools to identify the impact of such processes to the optical system performance.
615.442 Electromagnetics and 615.782 Optics and MATLAB. A knowledge of laser fundamentals would also be helpful.