Catalog Description: Fundamental principles of optical systems. Geometrical optics and aberration theory. Stops and apertures, prisms, and mirrors. Diffraction and interference. Optical materials and coatings. Radiometry and photometry. Basic optical devices and the human eye. The design of optical systems. Lasers, fiber optics, and holography.

Units: 4

Prerequisites: MATH 53; EECS 16A and EECS 16B, or MATH 54.

Credit Restrictions: Students will receive no credit for Electrical Engineering 218A after taking Electrical Engineering 118 or 119.

Spring: 3.0 hours of lecture and 1.0 hours of discussion per week
Fall: 3.0 hours of lecture and 1.0 hours of discussion per week

Grading basis: letter

Final exam status: Written final exam conducted during the scheduled final exam period

Class Schedule (Fall 2024):
EE 118/218A – TuTh 09:30-10:59, Cory 540AB – Boubacar Kante

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Department Notes:

Course objectives: This course introduces fundamental physical principles of both classical and modern optics as well as principles of optical design used in the engineering of optical systems. It also provides exposure to practical aspects of optical materials and devices. Its intention is to provide a foundation of basic principles, design methodology, and practical considerations needed to design or use optical instruments in engineering practice.

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