Summer Short Course Series


The summer short series is a of collection short courses ranging from fundamentals to advanced topics in optical science and engineering. The courses are for employed or displaced workers looking to enter or advance their careers in optics, photonics, or imaging industries.

The 2016 series will run from June 13th to June 24th.

Scholarships are available for the GRIN Optics course.

The 55th Annual Optics Summer Short Course Series of 2016

In 2016, the Institute of Optics will hold its 55th annual summer school short-course series, offering a mix of one-week courses and two-and-a-half-day courses.

1. Fundamentals of Optics I (with labs) covering lenses, aberrations, principles of diffraction, optical systems, polarization, birefringence and crystal optics, and radiometry and detection.

2. Fundamentals of Optics II colorimetry and vision, wave guide photonics, and more.

3. Gradient Index Optics new in 2016 (scholarships available) application of the principles of GRIN to optical and non-optical systems, axial, radial and spherical optical systems, design labs with Code V and Zemax, aberration theory, color corrected and polychromatic systems, visible and IR.

4. Opto-Mechanical Analysis (with labs) covering opto-mechanical analysis methods used to design high performance optical systems. Finite element modeling techniques for analyzing light-weight mirrors, mounts, and lens systems will be discussed. Other topics include fitting surface distortions with Zernike polynomials and the analysis of line-of-sight jitter in vibration environments. The integration of thermal and structural responses into optical design software is presented.

5. Opto-Mechanical Analysis Lab taught in a computer lab to illustrate the use of SigFit to solve a variety of optomechanical problems, including surface deformation, rigid body motion, active optics, line-of-sight calculations, thermo-optic and stress-optic analysis, optomechanical tolerance analysis, offset aperture analysis, and analysis of diffractive optics.

6. Optical Thin Film Coating Technology covers all aspects of optical interference devices including thin-film design, digital design methods, and coating and characterization.

7. Optical System Design introduces participants to both fundamental and advanced concepts in optical system design by integrating classroom lectures with software training labs in the Hopkins Optical Design Center. The course can be taken as a full week course or as one of two three day course options depending on interest/skill level. Introduction to Optical System Design covers first order layout, image quality evaluation, aberration theory, optimization, and refractive/reflective design forms. Advanced topics in optical system design begins with refractive/reflective design forms and then covers advanced optimization techniques, zoom lenses, aspheres, stray light analysis, tolerancing, and illumination design.

8. Modern Optical Engineering (with labs) covering optical testing and instrumentation, optical manufacturing, optical thin film coatings, diffractive optics, and glass in modern optics.

9. Integrated Photonics I new in 2016. Fundamentals of optical waveguides, integrated photonics components, integrated nonlinear photonics, integrated photonics for bio-sensing, active devices, testing and packaging.

10. Integrated Photonics II new in 2016. This course includes actual fabrication of student designs and testing.  Introduction to silicon photonics, modeling waveguides, splitters and interferometers, layout and submission for fabrication, silicon photonic test lab, demos in integrated photonics manufacturing and packaging lab, design review and data analysis.  After this course, student designs will be fabricated and tested.  Participants will receive measured data, or optionally return to RIT to conduct their own measurements.