Syllabus for Waves and Optics

Vågor och optik

Syllabus

  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1FA522
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-18
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2019
  • Entry requirements: Mechanics II/Electrical Power Transmission Systems/ Mechanics KF and Basics of Electrical Engineering III: Field Theory/Electromagnetism I/Electromagnetism. Electromagnetism can be studied simultaneously.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to: 

  • account for fundamental quantities for waves and optics.
  • identify, illustrate and explain physical concepts in waves and optics.
  • describe and discuss technical applications of simple optical instruments.
  • solve problems using suitable models, assumptions and approximations as well as be able to assess the results.
  • plan and conduct simple experiments and give an oral and a written presentation of the results.

Content

Short repetition of basic concepts within wave physics, mechanical/acoustical waves: superposition, standing waves, beats, Doppler effect. Electromagnetic waves and optics: reflection, refraction, dispersion, phase and group velocity, Geometrical optics, optical instruments. Polarisation, optical activity, birefringence. Interference. Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Holography. Examples of radiation sources. Overview of manufacturing of optical components using modern technology.
Laboratory exercises in ray optics, wave optics, interference, polarisation. Project assignment and mandatory hand-in exercises in optics.

Instruction

Lectures, exercise groups, laboratory exercises (attendance is mandatory), and project assignments. Guest lecture.

Assessment

Written examination at the end of the course (4 credits ). Laboratory exercises with written and oral reports (1 credit). 
 
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2019

  • Pedrotti, Frank L.; Pedrotti, Leno S.; Pedrotti, Leno Matthew Introduction to optics

    3.ed.: Harlow, Essex: Pearson, 2014

    Find in the library

  • Sears and Zemansky's university physics : with modern physics. Young, Hugh D.; Freedman, Roger A.; Ford, A. Lewis; Sears, Francis Weston

    13th ed., international edition: San Francisco: Pearson Addison Wesley, cop. 2012

    Find in the library

    Mandatory