Optics (MATR329), Spring 2024

Lecturer: Doc. Ivan Kassamakov, C318, email: ivan dot kassamakov at helsinki dot fi.

Assistants:

Joonas Mustonen (M.Sc.), firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi

Petri Lassila (M.Sc.), firstname.j.lastname@helsinki.fi

Göran Maconi (M.Sc.), firstname.lastname@helsinki.fi

News

  • On Thursday 29.2. Lecture is held again remotely (ZOOM-links sent via email) 
  • On Thursday 22.2. Lecture is held again remotely (ZOOM-links sent via email)
  • On Thursday 15.2. Lecture and exercise session are held again remotely (ZOOM-links sent via email)
  • On Thursday 1.2. Lecture and exercise session are held remotely (ZOOM-links sent via email)
  • The course starts on Thursday 18.1.2024 at 10.15 (D116)
  • The first exercise session on 25.1. at 12.15 will be held via ZOOM (link in the email)
  • Normal exercise sessions start on Thursday 01.02.2024 at 12.15 (D116)

Course info

Scope: 10 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.

Course Practicalities

Exam: in May (TBA)

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

Chapters covered in course:
1. Brief History (Chapter 1).
2. The propagation of light (Chapter 4).
3. Geometric optics (Chapter 5).
4. Polarization (Chapter 8).
5. Interference (Chapter 9)
6. Diffraction (Chapter 10)

Timing in studies: 2nd-3rd year.

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

Evaluation: 40 % Exercises and 60 % Exam

Simulations

TBA

Lectures

Thursdays 10.15 – 12.00 D116 (starting 18.1.)

Lecture Material

Exercises

Thursdays 12.15 – 14.00 D116 

Exceptionally, first exercise session on 25.1. will be held remotely: ZOOM (link in the email)

Exercise 1 | DL. 1.2. at 10.00

Exercise 2 | DL. 8.2. at 10.00

Exercise 3 | DL. 15.2. at 10.00

Exercise 4 | DL. 22.2. at 10.00

Exercise 5 | DL. 29.2. at 10.00

Exercise 6 | DL. 7.3. at 10.00