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 realworld applications. Topics include an introduction to MATLAB, Fourier theory and E&M propagation, geometrical optics, optical pattern recognition, geometrical optics and ray tracing through simple optical systems, interference and wave optics, holography and computer-generated holography, polarization, speckle phenomenon, and laser theory and related technology. Students are also expected to complete weekly exercises in MATLAB and a semester project that will allow the student to investigate a particular 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.

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