Engineering Optics


Credit Hours:


Learning Objective:

ME58700 provides broad coverage of geometrical and physical optics with an emphasis on topics that often arise in engineering applications. Some subject areas are covered in depth, but others are only treated in a survey fashion due to time limitations. The overall objective of the course is to provide the student with enough of both theory and physical understanding permitting the design and/or use of many optical components and systems, plus the ability to read the literature for further information.


Unlike subjects such as mechanics or heat transfer which are based on applying a limited set of general equations to analyze specific situations, optics is more like electronics where the task is to build a system having specified performance goals using a combination of building-block components, each of which is described by its own equation(s). That is, the basic problem is often one of synthesis rather than analysis. It is therefore important to develop both an analytical understanding and a ???physical feel??? for how different optical phenomena and optical components behave individually and in combination. Once the fundamentals are learned the best teacher is experience. However, examples discussed in the lectures and home problems are an important starting point.

Topics Covered:


Applied / Theory:

50 / 50


Required Textbook: hardcopy. Pedrotti, Pedrotti & Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, 3rd Edition (Cambridge University Press, 2017).
  • We will use this textbook as primary source of reference for lectures. Homework assignments will be based on this textbook.
  • Only hardcopy of the textbook is allowed during exam. Printed or copied version of this textbook will not be allowed to use during exam time.

Computer Requirements:

ProEd Minimum Requirements: