Catalogue 2016 - 2017

EE 621 Coherent Optics


3 cr.


EE 601 and EE 314 or equivalent.

Course Description

Modern optical techniques rely heavily on the analysis of the coherent properties of light and the Fourier transform to explain the diffraction and interference associated with optical wave propagation and image formation. Beginning with a review of basic electromagnetic wave principles and Maxwell's equations, students develop an understanding of those modern optical techniques used to analyze coherence, polarization, interference, and diffraction. A study of light quanta and optical spectra leads to an understanding of laser operation, and throughout the course, theoretical analysis is supplemented with discussions of such applications as holography, optical data processing, optical sensing, fiber lasers, and other current topics. A design project is required. Upon completion of the course, students should be able to understand the theory and analysis techniques used in modern optical systems and develop some proficiency in the design and implementation of simple optical systems for applications. The methods of assessing student learning in this course are homework assignments, quizzes, classroom discussions, design projects, and a final exam.