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Optics 2018

Course code: MATR329

Scope: 5 credits.

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.


17.3.2018: Eight problem set uploaded
10.3.2018: Exercise session on Thursday 15.3. moved to Physicum D112 at 12:15-14:00
10.3.2018: Seventh problem set uploaded
23.2.2018: Sixth problem set uploaded
16.2.2018: Fifth problem set uploaded
10.2.2018: Fourth problem set uploaded
9.2.2018: Exam date
3.2.2018: Third problem set uploaded
24.1.2018: Second problem set uploaded
22.1.2018: Lectures changed to Exactum C220 and exercises to Physicum E206
12.1.2018: First problem set uploaded
8.1.2018: Webpage created

Lecturer: Doc. Ivan Kassamakov, C318, email: ivan dot kassamakov at helsinki dot fi.
Assistants: M.Sc. Risto Montonen, A312, email: risto dot montonen at helsinki dot fi.

Exam: Friday 18th May 2018 at 10-14 in Physicum E207.

Lectures: Thursdays in Exactum C220, 18.1. – 3.5.2018 at 10:15-12:00.
Exercises: Thursdays in Physicum E206, 18.1. – 3.5.2016 at 14:15-16:00.

Literature: E. Hecht: Optics, Pearson 2017, 5th Ed. (or older).
Lecture notes: TBA

Timing in studies: 2nd-3rd year.

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


Exercise 1: PDF
Exercise 2: PDF
Exercise 3: PDF
Exercise 4: PDF
Exercise 5: PDF
Exercise 6: PDF
Exercise 7: PDF, Problem 1 data file
Exercise 8: PDF