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Optics 2016

General info

The course primarily provides an introduction to physical optics. Main aspects of geometrical optics will also be covered, as well as a brief presentation of selected issues in modern optics. The general topics to be covered include: electromagnetic theory, propagation of light, geometric optics, paraxial theory, polarization and interference.

Link to lecture notes


11.5.2016: Course exam: Wed 1.6. 10:00 – 14:00 in D116.
11.5.2016: Model answers to exercises uploaded.
10.5.2016: Link to lecture notes uploaded.
4.4.2016: Tomorrow’s exercise session deals with ray tracing. Instructions sent by Email to course participants.
17.3.2016: Course visit to Tuorla Observatory in Turku will be arranged on 19.4.2016. Arranged car pool starts from Kumpula at 8:00 and estimated time back in Helsinki is around 17:00.
16.3.2016: Problem set for the 8th exercise uploaded
8.3.2016: Problem set for the 7th exercise uploaded
1.3.2016: NB! No lecture and no exercises on 8.3 due to teaching period break.
24.2.2016: Problem set for the 6th exercise uploaded
22.2.2016: NB! No lecture on 23.2. Exercise session will be arranged normally at 14:15.
17.2.2016: Problem set for the 5th exercise uploaded
9.2.2016: Problem set for the 4th exercise uploaded
2.2.2016: Problem set for the 3rd exercise uploaded
26.1.2016: Problem set for the 2nd exercise uploaded
19.1.2016: Problem set for the 1st exercise uploaded
26.8.2015: Webpage created

Lecturer: Ivan Kassamakov, C318, email: ivan dot kassamakov at helsinki dot fi.
Assistants: Risto Montonen, A312, email: risto dot montonen at helsinki dot fi.
Anton Nolvi, C312, email: anton dot nolvi at helsinki dot fi.

Exam: Wed 1.6. 10:00 – 14:00 in D116.

Lectures: Tuesdays in Physicum D116, 19.1. – 3.5.2016 at 10:15-12:00.
Exercises: Tuesdays in Physicum D116, 19.1. – 3.5.2016 at 14:15-16:00.

Literature: Lecture notes and E. Hecht: Optics, Addison Wesley 2001, 4th Ed. (or older).

Scope: 5 credits.

Timing in studies: 2nd-3rd year.

Prerequisites: First year classes in electromagnetism and calculus (MAPU).


Exercise 1: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 2: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 3: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 4: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 5: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 6: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 7: PDF Solutions: PDF
Exercise 8: PDF Solutions: PDF