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Fall 2002 Course Descriptions

All courses below are approved to be taught in Fall 2002; however, some (or all) may not be offered this term.  The course numbers that are offered this term link to the Schedule of Classes.  The complete list below is a good indicator of what may be offered over the next few years (contact department about offerings).  For explanations of course elements see the Key to Course Descriptions.

Optical Sciences (OPTI)  Department Info

OPTI 200 -- Light, Color and Vision  (3 units)
Description:  Explore optical technology and phenomena, including color and vision, light in art and nature, lasers, telescopes, cameras and fiber optics. This course, designed for non-science majors, will feature demonstrations and hands-on learning, with only basic math.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 201L -- Geometrical and Instrumental Optics Lab I  (1 unit)
Description:  This lab is designed to complement the major topics discussed in OPTI 201R, and it is recommended that these two courses be taken concurrently.
Prerequisite(s):  Open to majors only.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 201R -- Geometrical and Instrumental Optics I  (3 units)
Description:  Basic principles of geometric optics, refraction and reflection, Gaussian optics, paraxial optics, stops and pupils, simple optical instruments.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 125, MATH 129, PHYS 141.
Identical to:  ECE 201R.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 202L -- Geometrical and Instrumental Optics Lab II  (1 unit)
Description:  This lab is designed to complement the major topics discussed in OPTI 202R, and it is recommended that these two courses be taken concurrently.
Prerequisite(s):  Open to majors only.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 202R -- Geometrical and Instrumental Optics II  (3 units)
Description:  Optical instruments, field and relay lenses, telescopes, microscopes, optical materials, achromatization, illumination, cameras, projectors.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 201R. Open to majors only.
Identical to:  ECE 202R.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 226 -- Physical Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of waves, wave interference, multiple beam interference, Fraunhofer diffraction of waves, Fresnel diffraction of waves, transverse waves and polarized light.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 210, PHYS 241, MATH 129.
Identical to:  ECE 226.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 280 -- Computer Programming  (1 unit)
Description:  An introduction to computer programming and the use of mathematics programs such as Matlab or Mathcad to perform scientific and engineering calculations.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 299 -- Independent Study  (1-4 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 299H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 310 -- Physical Optics I  (3 units)
Description:  Electromagnetic fields and waves; Fourier series and Fourier transforms; interference and diffraction.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 223, MATH 254, PHYS 241.

OPTI 342 -- Optical Systems Analysis  (3 units)
Description:  Mathematical background, special functions, systems and operators, convolution, Fourier series, the Fourier transform, linear filtering, sampling, two-dimensional operations, applications in diffraction and image formation.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 142 or PHYS 241; MATH 223.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 350 -- Radiometry, Sources and Detectors  (3 units)
Description:  Symbols, units and nomenclature, geometrical radiation transfer, blackbody radiation, optical radiation sources and noise, radiometric instruments and detector interfaces, radiometric measurements and calibration.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 210, OPTI 226.
Identical to:  ECE 350.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 370 -- Lasers and Photonics  (3 units)
Description:  Elements of solid state physics, laser physics and laser light, laser components, systems and measurements; display devices, light modulators, laser beam manipulation.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 242.
Identical to:  ECE 370.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 380A -- Intermediate Optics Laboratory I  (1 unit)
Description:  Properties of electromagnetic waves, interference, the Michelson interferometer, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, polarization, Fresnel reflection, Brewster's angle, wave plates, coherent sources and Gaussian beams, laser cavities, gas lasers, and diode lasers.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 310. Open to majors only.
Typical structure:  3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 399 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 399H -- Honors Independent Study  (1-3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 412 -- Optical Instrumentation  (3 units)
Description:  This course will introduce the student to a broad variety of optical instruments. Several design principles will be presented that frequently reappear in successful solutions. Both man-made and natural systems will be studied. Microscopes, telescopes, cameras.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 370.
Identical to:  ECE 412.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 416 -- Optical Design, Fabrication and Testing  (4 units)
Description:  Optical design, optical fabrication and testing, optical materials and coating, lens mounting and centering.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 412.
Identical to:  ECE 416.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 420 -- Introductory Optomechanical Engineering  (3 units)
Description:  Optical materials, principles of optomechanical design, lens and mirror mounting, tolerancing, specification of optical components.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 430 -- Optical Communication Systems  (3 units)
Description:  Physics of optical communication components and applications to communication systems. Topics include fiber attenuation and dispersion, laser modulation, photo detection and noise, receiver design, bit error rate calculations, and coherent communications.
Prerequisite(s):  SIE 305, ECE 340, ECE 352, ECE 381; Concurrent registration, ECE 431.
Identical to:  ECE 430; ECE is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 530.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 434 -- Electrical and Optical Properties of Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Properties of semiconducting materials as related to crystal structure, interatomic bonding and defect structures.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 241.
Credit for:  3 units engineering science.
Identical to:  MSE 434; MSE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 435 -- Visual Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Instrumentation and optics as they pertain to the human visual system.
Prerequisite(s):  Geometrical and Fourier optics.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
May be convened with:  OPTI 535.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 450 -- Fundamentals of Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Historical development of remote sensing, the sun and the electromagnetic spectrum; radiometry; radiometry of optical systems; spectroradiometric instruments; reflectance, definitions and measurement; atmospheric properties, measurements and effects; satellite optical sensors; radiometic calibration of sensors; atmospheric correction.
May be convened with:  OPTI 550.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 470A -- Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Beam alignment, data acquisition and signal processing, spectrometers, incoherent sources, thermal and photon detectors, polarization, optical properties of materials, scanners and modulators, array detectors, image acquisition and processing, properties of the eye.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 350, OPTI 370, ECE 351A; Concurrent registration, OPTI 412.
Identical to:  ECE 470A.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 470B -- Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Kerr and Pockels cells, liquid crystal light valves, measurement of optical fiber characteristics, signal transmission, Fourier transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, transmission, reflection, image and rainbow holograms.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 470A; Concurrent registration, OPTI 416.
Identical to:  ECE 470B.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 473 -- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists I  (3 units)
Description:  Experimental techniques to generate, analyze and detect photons from X-ray to infrared; interpretation of spectra from gases, liquids, solids and biological macromolecules; light scattering, polarization.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 242 or PHYS 252.
Identical to:  PHYS 473; PHYS is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 573.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 474 -- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists II  (3 units)
Description:  Continuation of 473.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 473.
Identical to:  PHYS 474; PHYS is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 574.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 487 -- Fiber Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Fiber characteristics; fiber preparation; single and multimode fibers; sources; coupling; communication systems; multiplexing techniques; fiber-optic sensors.
Prerequisite(s):  ECE 456.
Identical to:  ECE 487.
May be convened with:  OPTI 587.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 490 -- Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth  (3 units)
Description:  A multidisciplinary course delineating the physical basis of electromagnetic remote sensing, the concepts of information extraction, and applications pertinent to earth systems science.
Identical to:  REM 490; REM is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 590.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 498 -- Senior Capstone  (1-3 units)
Description:  A culminating experience for majors involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 498H -- Honors Thesis  (3 units)
Description:  An honors thesis is required of all the students graduating with honors. Students ordinarily sign up for this course as a two-semester sequence. The first semester the student performs research under the supervision of a faculty member; the second semester the student writes an honors thesis.
May be repeated:  for a total of 9 units of credit.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 499 -- Independent Study  (1-6 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 499H -- Honors Independent Study  (3 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 501 -- Electromagnetic Waves  (3 units)
Description:  Vector fields, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic field energy, wave equation, polarized light, time average measurement, Fresnel equations, scalar and vector potentials, gauge transformations, dispersion, metal optics, crystal optics, dipole radiation, mathematical formalism of polarized light, guided waves.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 241, MATH 223.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 502 -- Optical Design and Instrumentation I  (3 units)
Description:  Rays and wavefronts, Snell's Law, mirror and prism systems, Gaussian imagery and cardinal points, paraxial ray tracing, stops and pupils, illumination systems, elementary optical systems, optical materials, dispersion, systems of thin prisms, system analysis using ray trace code, chromatic aberrations and achromatization, monochromatic aberrations, ray fans, spot diagrams, balancing of aberrations, aspheric systems.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 142 or PHYS 241.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 503 -- Mathematics for Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Basic mathematical tools of optics, optical physics, and photonics, including linear algebra, advanced vector analysis, complex variable theory, ordinary and partial differential equations, and integral transforms.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 504 -- Mathematical Methods for Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Complex variables, Fourier theory and applications to imaging, coherent and incoherent imaging, other integral transforms, special functions and orthogonal polynomials, linear algebra, integral equations, Green's functions.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 142, PHYS 241, MATH 223.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 505 -- Diffraction and Interferometry  (3 units)
Description:  Interference and interferometry, concepts of coherence, holography, diffraction theory, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, volume diffraction, Gaussian beam propagation, optical transfer function, speckle.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501, OPTI 512.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 505L -- Fundamentals of Physical Optics Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Laboratory in support of OPTI 501 and OPTI 505.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501 or OPTI 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 506 -- Radiometry and Detectors  (3 units)
Description:  Generation and propagation of blackbody and other radiation, projected areas, solid angle, inverse square and other laws, isotropic, Lambertian and other surfaces, laboratory and natural sources, absorption, reflection, transmission, scattering, imaging and non-imaging detectors, figures of merit, noise, vision, color, film, calibration and measurement, spectrometers and radiometers.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 507 -- Solid-State Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Basic concepts in crystals and in optical response, optical properties of phonons and semiconductors, quantum wells, electro-optical properties of semiconductors, optical nonlinearities, solid state devices and laser diodes.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 511 or PHYS 371.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 508 -- Probability and Statistics in Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Probability theory, stochastic processes, noise, statistical optics, information theory, hypothesis testing, estimation, restoration.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 510L -- Fundamentals of Applied Optics Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Optical systems; Gaussian optics, aberrations, radiometry, sources, detectors, optical engineering.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 506.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 511L -- Lasers and Solid-State Devices Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  The experiments in this lab deal with a number of the subjects addressed in courses OPTI 511, 541 and 507.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 511; Concurrent registration, OPTI 507.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 511R -- Optical Physics, Lasers, and Detectors  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics; application to model quantum systems; interaction of light with atoms; perturbation theory; two-level atom approximation; nonlinear optics; pulsed and CW laser operation; thermal sources; optical detectors.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, OPTI 501.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 512L -- Mathematical Optics Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Laboratory in support of OPTI 504, OPTI 508 and OPTI 512.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 504 or OPTI 512; C SC 227 or SIE 270.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 512R -- Introduction to Fourier Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Mathematical background, convolution, the Fourier transform, linear filtering and sampling, two-dimensional operations, diffraction, image formation.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 142, PHYS 241, MATH 223.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 513L -- Optical Testing Laboratory  (1 unit)
Description:  Measurement of paraxial properties of optical components, refractive index, surface figure, and surface finish.
Prerequisite(s):  or Concurrent registration, OPTI 513.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 513R -- Optical Testing  (3 units)
Description:  Paraxial properties of optical systems, material qualification, ellipsometry, aberrations, basic interferometers, direct-phase measurement interferometry, measurement of surface quality, testing mirrors, windows, prisms and conercubes, measurement of index inhomogeneity, testing of spherical surfaces and lenses, aspheric testing, absolute measurements, system evaluation.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 505 or OPTI 506.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 514 -- Aberration Theory  (3 units)
Description:  Aberration theory; geometrical image formation; diffraction; pupil, spread, and transfer functions; random wavefront perturbations; system effects; image evaluation; image processing.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 518.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 517 -- Lens Design  (4 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of optical system layout and design; exact and paraxial ray tracing; aberration theory; chromatic and monochromatic aberrations; use of computer programs in lens design.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 518 -- Introduction to Aberrations  (3 units)
Description:  Advanced first-order tools, chromatic aberrations, monochromatic aberrations, sources of aberration, computation, simple systems.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 525 -- Wave Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Students should gain a conceptual understanding of interference, coherence, diffraction, and the Abbe Theory of image formation through the use of phenomenological examples and simple models. Several in-class demonstrations and computer simulations are presented.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 527 -- Holography and Diffractive Optics  (3 units)
Description:  This course describes the nature of holographic and lithographically formed diffraction gratings and the tools nessary for their design and analysis. Course topics include a description of the interference and Fouriour relations that determin the amplitude of diffracted fields, analysis of volume gratings, properties of holographic recording materials, computer generated holograms, binary gratings, analysis of applications of holography including data storage, fater Bragg gratings, polarization control elements, and associative memories.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502, OPTI 505 or ECE 459/559.
Identical to:  ECE 527.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 529 -- Physics from Fisher Information, a Unification  (3 units)
Description:  Measurement and information flow as the activators of physics. Fisher entropy, -time, -temperature, and -flow concepts. Classical-, quantum-, and particle physics, philosophical issues.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501 or PHYS 325 or equivalent.
Identical to:  PHYS 529.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 530 -- Optical Communication Systems  (3 units)
Description:  Physics of optical communication components and applications to communication systems. Topics include fiber attenuation and dispersion, laser modulation, photo detection and noise, receiver design, bit error rate calculations, and coherent communications. Graduate-level requirements include additional homework and a term paper.
Identical to:  ECE 530; ECE is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 430.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 531 -- Image Processing Laboratory for Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Techniques and applications of digital image processing in remote sensing, multispectral image enhancement and analysis, classification, feature extraction for cartography, rule-based systems for mapping from imagery.
Identical to:  ECE 531; ECE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 532 -- Digital Image Analysis  (3 units)
Description:  Digital image analysis, including feature extraction, boundary detection, segmentation, region analysis, mathematical morphology, stereoscopy and optical flow.
Prerequisite(s):  ECE 340.
Identical to:  ECE 532; ECE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 533 -- Digital Image Processing  (3 units)
Description:  Image transforms, filter design, spectrum estimation, enhancement, restoration, data compression and reconstruction from projections.
Prerequisite(s):  ECE 340, ECE 503, ECE 529.
Identical to:  ECE 533; ECE is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 534 -- Advanced Topics in Electronic Materials  (3 units)
Description:  Topics to be selected from ferroelectrics, opti-electronics, wave guides, and semiconductor materials.
May be repeated:  for credit 2 times (maximum 3 enrollments).
Identical to:  MSE 534; MSE is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 535 -- Visual Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Instrumentation and optics as they pertain to the human visual system. Graduate-level requirements include completion of a final project and a written final exam.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502, OPTI 512; Geometrical and Fourier optics.
May be repeated:  for credit 1 time (maximum 2 enrollments).
May be convened with:  OPTI 435.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 538 -- Medical Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Imaging methods in radiology, projection radiograph, classical tomography, computed tomography, gamma ray emission methods, positron imaging, digital radiography, gamma-ray emission methods, X-ray and gamma ray detectors, diagnostic ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), thermography, Xerographic methods.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 512.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 539 -- Estimation Methods in Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Bayesian ML, MAP and MMSE estimates. Deconvolution of images. Role of Fisher information, photon statistics, prior knowledge. Maximum entropy estimates. Phase retrieval in atmospheric turbulence. Significance tests, hypothesis testing.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501 or equivalent.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 541 -- Introduction to Lasers  (3 units)
Description:  This course will cover the fundamental physical processes relevant to lasers and explore a variety of specific laser systems. Topics to be covered include, optical resonators, laser gain and oscillation, semiconductors lasers, rare earth lasers, and Raman lasers.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 511.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 543 -- Quantum Mechanics for Optical Physics  (3 units)
Description:  Elements of quantum mechanics used in laser physics, semiconductor and quantum optics. Mathematical formalism of quantum mechanics. Harmonic oscillators, molecular vibrations, normal mode theory and point groups. Angular momentum, the rotation group and atomic structure. Stationary and time-dependent perturbation theory.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 545 -- Nonlinear Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Since the advent of the laser, nonlinear optical effects are widely used in numerous photonic products, and their applications are growing exponentially. This course will cover the basics of nonlinear optical processes and nonlinear optical materials.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501, OPTI 511.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 547 -- Optical Physics  (3 units)
Description:  Classical linear and nonlinear optics. Density matrix formalism and Optical Bloch Equations for the driven two-level atom. Maxwell-Bloch equations. Semiclassical laser theory. Laser resonators and Gaussian beams. Non-relativistic QED in the Coulomb Gauge. Two-level atom coupled to the quantized field.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 543.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 550 -- Fundamentals of Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Historical development of remote sensing, the sun and the electromagnetic spectrum; radiometry; radiometry of optical systems; spectroradiometric instruments; reflectance, definitions and measurement; atmospheric properties, measurements and effects; satellite optical sensors; radiometic calibration of sensors; atmospheric correction. Graduate-level requirements include a project.
May be convened with:  OPTI 450.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 559 -- Infrared Techniques  (3 units)
Description:  Radiometry review; the radiant environment; black body and other radiation; properties of materials; detectors; optical systems; scanners; system design techniques and examples.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 561 -- Physics of Semiconductors  (3 units)
Description:  Elementary excitations in solids, phonons, electrons and holes, dielectric formalism of optical response, many-body effects in a Coulomb system.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 460; OPTI 507 recommended but not formally required.
Identical to:  PHYS 561; PHYS is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 563 -- Photoelectronic Imaging Devices  (3 units)
Description:  Intensifiers; camera tubes; storages tubes; specifications; evaluation; applications, electron optics, human visual process, photon detection.
Prerequisite(s):  PHYS 241.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 566 -- Optical Detectors and Detector Systems  (3 units)
Description:  Photodetectors; thermal detectors; photoemitters; figures of merit; responsivity; NEP; D*; BLIP conditions; discussion of various detector types; quantitative detector comparisons; detectors covering the spectral region from UV to infrared is covered. Two-dimensional arrays, CCD, CID, thermal systems.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 506, OPTI 507.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 572 -- Scanning Probe Microscopies  (2 units)
Description:  Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM): principles of operation, theoretical approaches and experimental results relating to surfaces of semiconductors, metals and superconductors and adsorbed molecules such as buckyballs. Scanning force microscopy (SFM): measurement of electric, magnetic, and atomic forces. Related technologies: local photon emission, local surface photovoltage, optical mixing on a nanometer and nanosecond time scales and near-field optics.
Prerequisite(s):  undergraduate quantum mechanics and solid state physics courses.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 573 -- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists I  (3 units)
Description:  Experimental techniques to generate, analyze and detect photons from X-ray to infrared; interpretation of spectra from gases, liquids, solids and biological macromolecules; light scattering, polarization. Graduate-level requirements include homework problem assignments at an advanced level.
Identical to:  PHYS 573; PHYS is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 473.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 574 -- Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy for Experimentalists II  (3 units)
Description:  Continuation of 473. Graduate-level requirements include homework problem assignments at an advanced level. Continuation of 573.
Identical to:  PHYS 574; PHYS is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 474.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 576 -- Thin Film Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Provides an understanding of some of the significant physical mechanisms involved in the growth, structure and optical properties of thin films for us in the wavelength range ~1nm - 1um. The basic electromagnetic theory of multilayer thin films will be covered, with application to coatings including antireflection, reflection, beam splitters, diachronic filters, and bandpass filters. Examples ranging from the IR to soft x-rays will be discussed.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 577 -- Optics of Thin Films  (2 units)
Description:  The optical properties of single films, design of multilayer optical coatings, calculation and visualization aids, accurate computation methods, introduction to manufacturing methods, non-ideal behavior of thin films.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 580 -- Micro-Photonics  (3 units)
Temporary course:  offered during Fall 2002 only.
Description:  Course is intended to bridge the gap between micro-optics and micro-electronics. The integration of these micro-elements provides a new class of devices that can be used for optically assisted computing, enhanced elelcltrical computations, sensors and more. Course provides the student with the basics of electro-optic interfaces, which include emitters, detectors, modulators, and microelectronics.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 370; basic understanding of the operation of electro-optic semiconductor devices and student should feel comfortable with circuit design at the transistor level.

OPTI 587 -- Fiber Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Fiber characteristics; fiber preparation; single and multimode fibers; sources; coupling; communication systems; multiplexing techniques; fiber-optic sensors. Graduate-level requirements include performance of a more advanced set of experiments and demonstration of a deeper knowledge of the subject.
Identical to:  ECE 587.
May be convened with:  OPTI 487.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 590 -- Remote Sensing for the Study of Planet Earth  (3 units)
Description:  A multidisciplinary course delineating the physical basis of electromagnetic remote sensing, the concepts of information extraction, and applications pertinent to earth systems science. Graduate-level requirements include an additional term paper.
Identical to:  REM 590; REM is home department.
May be convened with:  OPTI 490.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 595A -- Current Subjects in Optical Sciences  (1 unit)
Description:  The exchange of scholarly information and/or secondary research, usually in a small group setting. Instruction often includes lectures by several different persons. Research projects may or may not be required of course registrants.
May be repeated:  for credit 2 times (maximum 3 enrollments).
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring.

OPTI 596E -- Issues in Science and Technology Policy  (3 units)
Description:  The development and exchange of scholarly information, usually in a small group setting. The scope of work shall consist of research by course registrants, with the exchange of the results of such research through discussion, reports, and/or papers.
Identical to:  PHYS 596E; PHYS is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 597A -- Optical Shop Practices  (3 units)
Description:  Experience with various techniques to produce optical surfaces--a sphere, a flat, or a paraboloid. These surfaces can be used as the mail components of a simple telescope of four inches aperture. The emphasis of the course is to produce actual elements be applying abstract optical concepts.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 210 or OPTI 502.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 599 -- Independent Study  (1-5 units)
Description:  Qualified students working on an individual basis with professors who have agreed to supervise such work. Graduate students doing independent work which cannot be classified as actual research will register for credit under course number 599, 699, or 799.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 604 -- Mathematical Methods for Optics  (3 units)
Description:  Complex variables. Fourier theory and applications to imaging. Coherent and incoherent imaging. Other integral transforms. Special functions and orthogonal polynomials. Linear algebra. Integral equations. Green's functions.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 223, PHYS 142, and PHYS 241.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 610 -- Photonics  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of fiber and waveguide optics and applications to optical components and systems for fiber communication technology.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501, OPTI 505, OPTI 507, OPTI 511.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 622 -- Partial Coherence and Polarization  (2 units)
Description:  Mutual coherence function to describe coherent, non-coherent and partially coherent light, image formation, resolution criteria, Michelson stellar interferometer, Fourier transform spectroscopy, wave-front folding interferometer, non-coherent object reconstruction, optical processing, coherency matrix description of polarized light, Black-body radiation, wave-theoretic radiometry.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501 or OPTI 505.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 625 -- Optical Zingers  (2 units)
Description:  A collection of simple-minded explanations or "The fine art of handwaving."
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 626 -- Diode Lasers and Opto-Electronics  (3 units)
Description:  This course aims to give a broad understanding of the physics and technology of discrete and integrated optical and optoelectronic components. The main focus is on important optoelectronic components such as waveguides, lasers, detectors and other photonic components. Included are the state-of-the-art technology for monolithic integration of optical/optoelectronic components for optical communication.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 501.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 627 -- Computer Generated Holography  (3 units)
Description:  CGH is the optical element most directly associated with the computer. The course will emphasize the mathematical tools while exploring the theory and some practice of computer holography.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 527 or consent of instructor.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 628 -- Diode Lasers and Integrated Photonics  (2 units)
Description:  This course is intended to give an understanding of the physics and technology of diode lasers, waveguides and photonic components. The main focus is on the operation and design concept of semiconductor lasers, various diode lasers and their performances. Recent developments in laser diodes and active photonic components are covered. Included are the state-of-the-art technology for monolithic integration of diode lasers with other optoelectronic components and their application for optical communication.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 636 -- Noise in Imaging Systems  (3 units)
Description:  Development of mathematical tools for describing stochastic processes in single optical detectors and complex imaging systems; understanding the effect of image processing and reconstruction algorithms on image noise; development of a quantitative approach to assessing and optimizing image quality.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 508, OPTI 512.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 637 -- Principles of Image Science  (3 units)
Description:  Mathematical description of imaging systems and noise; introduction to inverse problems; introduction to statistical decision theory; prior information; image reconstruction and radon transform; image quality; applications in medical imaging; other imaging systems.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 504 or OPTI 512; OPTI 508.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 638 -- Advanced Medical Imaging  (3 units)
Description:  Describes the physical principles behind the medical cross-sectional imaging modalities of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), ultrasound (US), positron emission tomography (PET), and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 504 or OPTI 512 or equivalent.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 648 -- Advanced Optical Physics  (3 units)
Description:  Introduction to advanced theoretical techniques of modern optical physics and the application of these techniques to the discussion of selected problems of current interest.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 547.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 656A -- Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Theory of atmospheric radiative transfer processes; specific methods for solving the relevant equations; applications to problems in radiative transfer; theoretical basis for remote sensing from the ground and from space; solutions to the "inverse" problem.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 254.
Identical to:  ATMO 656A; ATMO is home department.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 656B -- Atmospheric Radiation and Remote Sensing  (3 units)
Description:  Theory of atmospheric radiative transfer processes; specific methods for solving the relevant equations; applications to problems in radiative transfer; theoretical basis for remote sensing from the ground and from space; solutions to the "inverse" problem.
Prerequisite(s):  MATH 254.
Identical to:  ATMO 656B; ATMO is home department.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 670 -- Principles of Optical Data Storage  (3 units)
Description:  This course has been designed for students in Optical Sciences, Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering. It will consist of a number of presentations on various aspects of optical recording.
Prerequisite(s):  consent of instructor.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 674 -- Optical Analysis with DIFFRACT  (1 unit)
Description:  How to use the DIFFRACT program for the design and analysis of optical systems that are beyond the capabilities of ordinary ray-trace programs.
Prerequisite(s):  familiarity with theory of diffraction, polarized light optics, thin-film multilayer structures, and the theories of Fourier-transforms.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 677 -- Microfabrication in Optoelectronics  (2 units)
Description:  This course is intended to give an understanding of various fabrication techniques in photonic and optoelectronic components. It covers design step, epitaxial growth and processing steps frequently used in microfabrication of optical and optoelectronic devices. Fabrication of waveguides and laser diodes and various integration techniques are also discussed.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 680 -- Microcomputer Interfacing in the Optics Laboratory  (3 units)
Description:  Fundamentals of microcomputer operation and microcomputer interfaces to laboratory equipment. Laboratory exercises teach the use of C, assembly language, and Windows to control interfaces with digital I/O devices, motors, A/D and D/A converters.
Prerequisite(s):  knowledge of a programming language like C.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 690 -- Introduction to Opto-Mechanical Design  (2 units)
Description:  Optomechanics is emerging as an indispensable field to those involved in optical engineering. Every optical component in a system must be mounted and integrated into a structure in such a way that optical characteristics and physical integrity are preserved in the presence of a variety of physical influences. In this course the principles of optomechanics design are reviewed and illustrated in several case studies.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 502, PHYS 141.
Special exam:  course may be taken by special exam for credit and grade.
Usually offered:  Spring.

OPTI 696A -- Advanced Lens Design  (2 units)
Description:  Introduction to the design process; use of computers in design; definition of design parameters; ray tracing methods; review of Gaussian Optics layout of lens systems.
Prerequisite(s):  OPTI 517.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 697A -- Y, Y Bar Workshop  (1 unit)
Description:  Basic principles; application to simple systems, layout given prescription, deriving system form given requirements, construction points and lines; application to complex systems; analytical (non-numerical) applications; representation of complete subsystems as elements; use of computer program (supplied); development of systems using supplied catalog components.
Prerequisite(s):  understanding of 1st order properties of optical systems.
Usually offered:  Fall.

OPTI 900 -- Research  (1-8 units)
Description:  Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 909 -- Master's Report  (1-3 units)
Description:  Individual study or special project or formal report thereof submitted in lieu of thesis for certain master's degrees.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 910 -- Thesis  (1-8 units)
Description:  Research for the master's thesis (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or thesis writing). Maximum total credit permitted varies with the major department.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 920 -- Dissertation  (1-9 units)
Description:  Research for the doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

OPTI 930 -- Supplementary Registration  (1-9 units)
Description:  For students who have completed all course requirements for their advanced degree programs. May be used concurrently with other enrollments to bring to total number of units to the required minimum.
May be repeated:  an unlimited number of times, consult your department for details and possible restrictions.
Usually offered:  Fall, Spring, Summer.

 

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