ECE559

Fundamentals of Optics for Electrical Engineers
Fall 2009
Designation: 
Required for CE and EE
Catalog Data: 

Graduate Course Information

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ECE 559 - Optical Fundamentals for Electrical Engineers

Credits: 3.00

Course Website: D2L

UA Catalog Description: http://catalog.arizona.edu/allcats.html

Course Assessment:

Homework: 8 – 10 assignments

Project:  1 project

Quizzes: 5 quizzes

Exams:  2 Midterm Exams, 1 Final Exam

Grading Policy:

Typically:    40% Midterms,

                  20% Final Exam,

                  20% Quizzes

                  20% Project. 

Course Summary:

Introduction to diffraction and 2D Fourier optics, geometrical optics, paraxial systems, third order aberrations, Gaussian beam propagation, optical resonators, polarization, temporal and spatial coherence, optical materials and nonlinear effects, electro-optic modulators. Applications to holography, optical data storage, optical processing, neural nets, associative memory and optical interconnects.

Prerequisite(s): 
Graduate Standing
Textbook(s): 

Eugene Hecht, Optics, fourth edition, Addison Wesley 2002. ISBN 0-8053-8566-5.

J. W. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics, second edition, McGraw Hill, New York, 1996.

Course Topics: 

Part I: Fields and Rays (Hecht)

1.     Introduction/Motivation (1)

2.     Maxwell’s Equations (2)

3.     Reflection and Refraction (3)

4.     Waveguides and Fibers (3)

5.     Geometric Optics (4)

6.     Polarization (2)

7.     Materials and Nonlinearities (3)

Part II: Physical Optics (Hecht/Goodman)

8.     Fourier Theory (2)

9.     Diffraction (3)

10.  Imaging (3)

11.  Interference (2)

12.  Holography (2)

13.  Detectors and Sources (4)

Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Lecture:  150 minutes/week

Prepared by: 
Mark A. Neifeld
Prepared Date: 
April 2013

University of Arizona College of Engineering