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PHYS 344 Fundamentals of Optics (2)

In this course, students study geometrical optics (ray optics, reflection, refraction, and matrix optics), wave optics (the complex wave function, the paraxial wave equation and its solutions, lasers, interference, holography), and Gaussian optics (Gaussian laser beams and the complex q-parameter). Basic knowledge of how to work with matrices is encouraged but not required.

  • General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Natural Sciences
  • Prerequisite: PHYS 223MATH 249, MATH 253 or basic knowledge of matrices recommended. 
  • Offering: Alternate Fall semesters
  • Instructor: Kleinert

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