Summer Short Course Series

Fundamental Concepts (with Labs)

2017 Course Description

June 12, Monday morning

Interference and Diffraction, Professor Nick Vamivakas (Rochester)

June 12, Monday afternoon

Physics of Light Matter Interactions, Professor Nick Vamivakas (Rochester)
Introduction to the particle and wave views of both light and matter. Physical descriptions of light generation and detection. Quantum engineering of optoelectronic devices and a survey of quantum technologies.

June 13, Tuesday morning

Electromagnetic Waves, Professor Govind Agrawal (Rochester):
Maxwell’s equations, constitutive relations, positive and negative refractive indices, Lorentz and Drude models, angular spectrum, chromatic dispersion, plane waves, polarization, reflection and refraction, critical angle, Brewster angle, total internal reflection, thin-film stacks, Bragg mirrors, surface waves, scalar and vector potentials, radiation from electric dipoles.

June 13, Tuesday afternoon

Geometrical Optics, Professor Duncan Moore (Rochester):
Paraxial optics ray tracing, cardinal points and conjugate relations, Lagrange invariant, stops and pupils, vignetting, common optical systems (cameras, telescopes, microscopes, and relay systems).

June 14, Wednesday morning

A Survey of Lasers: Principles of Operation and Characteristics, Professor Carlos Stroud (Rochester):
The first decade after the first laser was built in 1960, one often heard it described as an invention searching for an application, during the following three decades lasers systems were often multi-hundreds of thousands of dollar investment around which laboratories were built, but recently they have become commodities that are essential to almost every industrial and commercial sector.  We will review the physical and engineering principles underlying the various types of lasers, define the basic parameters by which they are characterized, and then survey the myriad types of lasers that have been developed.


{Please note: course descriptions and instructors listed above are NOT final, it is possible that circumstances beyond our control could necessitate alterations.}