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OPTI Courses

Graduate Catalog OPTI Courses

5000-Level Courses

5000-level graduate courses may be cross-listed with 4000-level undergraduate courses. A student must register for a course at the 5000-level to earn graduate-level credit.

OPTI 5000. Selected Topics in Optics. (3)  Prerequisite:  Permission of Optics Program Director.  Selected topics in optics from areas such as medical optics, adaptive optics, all optical networks, etc.  May be repeated for credit with change of topic.(Fall, Spring, Summer)

OPTI 5371. Waves and Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as PHYS 4271/5271 Waves and Optics. The mathematics of wave motion, light as an example of an electromagnetic wave, the superposition of periodic and non-periodic waves, and selected topics from geometrical and physical optics. (Fall, Spring)

OPTI 5392 Solid State Microelectronic Devices (3)  Cross-listed as ECGR 4131/5192 Solid State Microelectronic Devices. PN-junctions and Schottky junctions. Bipolar and field effect transistors. Optoelectronic and heterojunction devices. Lithography and integrated circuits. Microwave devices. Light emitting devices and detectors. Quantum devices using superlattices. Quantum wells and quantum dots. Material preparation and characterization. Measurement techniques. (Fall)

6000-Level Courses

MS Students should enroll in 6000-level courses when possible.

OPTI 6000. Selected Topics in Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8000.  Prerequisite:  Permission of Optics Program Director.  Selected topics in optics from areas such as medical optics, adaptive optics, all optical networks, etc. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

OPTI 6101. Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8101.  A comprehensive look at those mathematical techniques important to the understanding of optical phenomena. Includes vector algebra and calculus, matrix theory, Fourier series and transforms, complex analysis, solution of boundary value problems in partial differential equations, and special functions. Topical coverage emphasizes applications specific to the field of optics. (Fall)

OPTI 6102. Principles of Geometrical Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8102.  Law of reflection and refraction, reflection and refraction at plane surfaces, paraxial imagery, mirrors, thick lenses, thin lenses, lens systems, stops, principle planes, the optical invariant, vignetting, paraxial radiometry, analysis of common optical systems, real ray tracing, introduction to aberrations and image resolution in the context of the modulation transfer function. (Fall)

OPTI 6102L. Geometrical Optics Lab. (1) Cross-listed as OPTI 8102L. Selected experiments in areas of geometrical optics such as index of refraction measurement, dispersing and reflecting prisms, spherical mirrors and thin lenses, imaging, optical instruments, aberration, fiber optics, and fringe projection profilometry. (Fall)

OPTI 6103. Light Sources and Detectors. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8103.   Photon statistics and thermal light. Interactions of photons with atoms. Population inversion, lasing threshold, and resonator modes. Mode-locked and Q-switched lasers. Semiconductor photon sources including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes. Quantum-confined structures, materials, and devices. Thermal sources. Light extraction. Light detectors including photoconductive, photovoltaic and avalanche photodiodes. Noise in light sources and detectors. (Spring)

OPTI 6104. Electromagnetic Waves. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8104.  Optical phenomena that are explicitly associated with the electromagnetic nature of light. Includes an introduction to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. Polarization and the Jones calculus. Energy and momentum conservation, boundary conditions and Fresnel equations. Waves in anisotropic (birefringent) and complex media. Modulation and deflection of optical beams (principles of acousto-optics and electro-optic devices). Propagation at interfaces, waveguides, and plasmons. Electromagnetic potentials and multipole radiation, scattering of light, and interaction with metallic nanoparticles. (Spring)

OPTI 6105. Optical Properties of Materials. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8105. Electromagnetic wave propagation in dielectrics, semiconductors and metals. Dipole oscillator model, complex dielectric constants, and Kramers-Kronig relationship. Crystal structures and optical anisotropy. Reciprocal space and density of states. Electronic band structure. Quantum theory of radiative absorption and emission, selection rules. Direct and indirect interband absorption. Free-carrier absorption in metals and doped semiconductors. Free excitons and Frenkel excitons. Photo- and electroluminescence in semiconductors. Optical absorption and emission in quantum wells and quantum dots, and quantum Stark effect. Second and third-order optical nonlinearities. (Fall)

OPTI 6106. Principles of Physical Optics (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8106.  The Fourier transform and its role in wave optics. Wave properties of light, superposition of waves, angular spectrum of plane waves, relation to ray optics, Gaussian beams,  periodic structures and surfaces, Fresnel diffraction, spatial filtering diffraction, interference and interferometers (two, multibeam, Fabry-Perot), polarization, temporal and spatial coherence, holography, imaging and resolution. (Spring)

OPTI 6106L. Physical Optics Lab. (2)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8106L. Selected experiments in areas of physical optics such as interference in thin films, Fabry-Perot, Michelson & Twyman- Green interferometers, polarization and diffraction of light. By the end of this course students are asked to design and implement a mini project that includes geometrical and physical optics concepts. (Spring)

OPTI 6201. Fourier Optics and Holography. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8201.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104. Principles of scalar, Fresnel, and Fraunhofer diffraction theory. Coherent optical data processing. Optical filtering and data processing. Holography. Three lecture hours per week. (Fall, Even years)

OPTI 6202. Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8202 and PHYS 6202.  Basic principles underlying tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions, and optical imaging, microscopy, and spectroscopy for medical applications. (Spring)

OPTI 6203. Metamaterials. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8203. Metamaterials describes a new field of engineered materials having subwavelength structures, and which have electromagnetic properties not found in nature.  Examples include zero and negative index materials which lead to some new applications. Metamaterials are made from "meta-atoms" which are much smaller than the wavelength of the radiation.  Meta-atoms are LCR circuits having strong resonant behavior over some chosen bandwidth.  The distribution of many such atoms and their mutual interaction determine the bulk metamaterial's properties.  Describing these properties draws from electromagnetics, antenna design, atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics. At increasingly small scales, i.e. at the nanoscale, both quantum and plasmonic phenomena can play a role. (Fall)

OPTI 6205. Advanced Optical Materials. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8205.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6104 and OPTI 6105 or ECGR 6133/8133. Molecular optical materials including fabrication methods. Luminescence centers; quenching. Nonlinear optics, including higher order terms of the susceptibility tensor. Photonic crystals.  Three lecture hours per week. (Fall, Odd years)

OPTI 6206. Physical Optics Design and Simulation. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8206. Prerequisite: OPTI 6106 or permission of instructor. Design and simulation of optical components and systems using scalar and vector wave propagation, diffraction, and interference. The course is intended to compliment OPTI 6/8241, which focuses on optical lens and system design using geometrical ray-tracing. (Spring)

OPTI 6211. Introduction to Modern Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8211.  Prerequisite: OPTI 6102 or permission of instructor.  Fourier analysis and holography, Coherence. Introduction to light production and detection. Optical modulation, including EO effect, Kerr effect, amplitude modulation, magnetooptic effect, photoelastic effect, and acousto-optic effect. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Photonic switching. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 6212. Integrated Photonics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8212.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104. Theory and application of optical waveguides, free-space micro-optics, and integrated photonic devices. Fabrication and integration techniques, including motivations for choice of approach (hybrid vs. monolithic, materials, size, performance, etc). Modeling and simulation. Students will be required to work with mathematical packages such as Matlab and/or Mathematica to illustrate key concepts and to implement beam propagation/optical modeling simulations. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 6221. Optical Communications. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8221.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6103. Introduction to optical communications and basic communication block such as lasers, optical modulators, and optical transceivers. Review of fibers (attenuation, dispersions, etc.). Optical amplifiers. Passive and active photonic components such as tunable lasers and filters. Coherent and incoherent detection. Signal processing, photonic switching, and point-to-point links / connections. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 6222. Optical Communication Networks. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8222.  Prerequisite: OPTI 6221 or graduate standing in ECE, CS, or IT. Optical signal coding, multiplexing and de-multiplexing. Time-domain medium access (TDM (SONET) and TDMA), wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM and WDMA). Optical networks, add-drop multiplexing (OADM), switching and routing technologies, Dispersion management. Optical clock and timing recovery. Optical amplification, wavelength conversion, transport, and networking protocols.  Broadband ISDN concepts. Access, metro, and long-haul network topologies. Three lecture hours per week. (Fall)

OPTI 6241. Optical System Function and Design. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8241.  Prerequisite: OPTI 6102.  Advanced study of telescopes, microscopes, cameras, off-axis imaging systems, stops, apertures, multiple lenses, use and selection of ray trace computer codes. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 6242. Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8242.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.  Advanced study of free space propagation, scattering, and scintillation of Gaussian and uniform beam waves. Random processes, weak fluctuation theory, propagation through complex paraxial optical systems (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 6244. High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8244.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6103 and OPTI 6104.  Study of instrumentation used for generation, detection, and manipulation of light in optical circuits.  Topics include:  ultrashort pulse generation, photon-phonon interactions, 2nd & 3rd harmonic generation, squeezed light, optical tweezers, OPO, electro-optic modulators, selective polarizers, optical switches, amplifiers, multiplexing and mixing schemes, and application of CCD and CMOS cameras and detectors.  Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 6261. Modern Coherence Theory. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8261.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6102 and OPTI 6104.  Stochastic processes.  Second order coherence of scalar and vector wavefields, radiation and states of coherence. Quantum wavefields. (Fall, Odd years)

OPTI 6271. Advanced Physical Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8271.  Prerequisites: OPTI 6101, OPTI 6102, and OPTI 6104.  Advanced study of electromagnetic wave propagation, stratified media, physics of geometrical optics, polarization and crystal optics, absorption and dispersion, interference, propagation and diffraction.  Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 6281. Modern Optics Laboratory. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8281.  Prerequisite: OPTI 6102. Selected experiments in areas of modern optics such as fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, polarization, optical metrology, and holography. Six laboratory hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 6301. Introduction to Instrumentation and Processing at the Nanoscale. (3)  Cross- listed as OPTI 8301 and NANO 8101 Introduction to Instrumentation and Processing at the Nanoscale. Methods of manipulating, engineering, and characterizing nanoscale materials are introduced; applications and principles of their operation are discussed.  Students acquire hands- on experience with selected laboratory methods in preparation for dissertation research.  Topics include, but are not limited to, scanning probe and electron microscopy methods, cleanroom technology, nanoscale optical and e-beam lithography, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, luminescence methods, interferometry, gel permeation chromatography, surface area analysis, and small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering. (Fall)

OPTI 6302. Nanoscale Phenomena. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8302 and NANO 8102 Nanoscale Phenomena.  Scaling phenomena. Nano-optics (near-field optics, limits of lithography masks, nano-dots and nanoscale optical interactions). Nanoscale mechanics. Nanotribology. Biological and biologically-inspired machines. (Fall)

OPTI 6303. Collaborative Research Proposal. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8303 and NANO 8203 Collaborative Research Proposal. Effective strategies for designing and writing research proposals are presented by program faculty members, and staff from proposal development offices on campus.  Students work in teams of 2-3 to prepare an original, interdisciplinary research proposal on a topic in nanoscale science.  The proposal conforms to regulations of a selected funding agency and must address a topic that is supported by that agency.  Each team consults regularly with a panel of 2-3 faculty members who collectively approve the proposal topic, provide feedback during the development of the proposal, and ultimately evaluate the proposal.  The course is designed to increase the ability of students to relate research ideas to fundamental concepts in science and engineering, to help students learn to develop effective methods of presenting ideas and defending them, to help students develop self confidence in their abilities to present and defend ideas, and to improve oral and written communication skills. (Spring)

OPTI 6341. Applied Quantum Mechanics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8341 and PHYS 6141 Quantum Theory I. Principles of non-relativistic wave mechanics. The Schrodinger equation, linear harmonic oscillator and WKB approximation. Central forces and angular momentum. The hydrogen atom. Applications of quantum mechanics in materials and optics.(Fall)

OPTI 6371. Solid State Materials (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8371 and PHYS 6271 Advanced Solid State Physics. Crystal structure. Electromagnetic, electron, mechanical, and elastic wave interactions with crystals. Theory of X-ray diffraction. Energy band theory of metals and semiconductors. Optical properties of solids, phase transitions, and amorphous solids. Quantum mechanics of covalent bonding, phonon excitation, and thermal energy. (Spring)

OPTI 6381. Engineering Metrology. (3)   Cross-listed as OPTI 8381 and MEGR 6181/8181 Engineering Metrology. Introduction to metrology and standards. Uncertainty, precision and accuracy in metrology.  Measurement of size and form, computational methods in measurement of form. Measurement of surface texture and out of roundness. Machine tool and robot accuracy and calibration. Evaluation of screw threads and gears. Introduction to design of precision instruments. (Fall)

OPTI 6384. Advanced Surface Metrology. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 8384 and MEGR 7284/8284 Advanced Surface Metrology. Prerequisite: OPTI 6/8381 or permission of instructor.  Constituents of surface texture, stylus, optical, atomic force microscope and other advanced methods of measuring surface texture.  Two and three dimensional measurement of surfaces. Separation of form, waviness and roughness.  Random process analysis techniques, use of transforms for filtering.  Numerical evaluation of surface texture.  Use of surface texture as fingerprint of the process.  Relationship between function and surface texture. (Spring, Alternate years)

OPTI 6400. Industrial Internship. (1-3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8400. Prerequisite: Completion of nine hours of graduate coursework and permission of program director. Full- or part-time academic year internship in optical science/optical engineering complementary to the major course of studies and designed to allow theoretical and course-based practical learning to be applied in a supervised industrial experience. Requires a mid-term report and final report to be graded by the supervising faculty. May be repeated for credit. (On demand)

OPTI 6610. Seminar. (1) Cross-listed as OPTI 8610. Utilizing library resources, materials, and research tools. Using presentation software and developing presentation skills for effective technical presentations. Patents and technology transfer. Ethical issues in science and engineering. Current topics in optics (Fall)

OPTI 6611. Graduate Colloquium. (1) Cross-listed as OPTI 8611. Students present seminars on current topics in optical science and engineering.  May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring)

OPTI 6800. Independent Study. (1-3) Cross-listed as OPTI 8800.  Prerequisite: Permission of the Optics Program Director. Independent study pursued by the student, or a group of students, under the direction of a professor... details. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

OPTI 6991. Thesis Research. (1-3) Research for the thesis. May be repeated for credit. Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

8000-Level Courses

PhD Students should enroll in 8000-level courses when possible.

OPTI 8000. Selected Topics in Optics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6000.  Prerequisite:  Permission of Optics Program Director.  Selected topics in optics from areas such as medical optics, adaptive optics, all optical networks, etc. May be repeated for credit with change of topic. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

OPTI 8101. Mathematical Methods of Optical Science and Engineering. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6101.  A comprehensive look at those mathematical techniques important to the understanding of optical phenomena. Includes vector algebra and calculus, matrix theory, Fourier series and transforms, complex analysis, solution of boundary value problems in partial differential equations, and special functions. Topical coverage emphasizes applications specific to the field of optics. (Fall)

OPTI 8102. Principles of Geometrical Optics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6102.  Law of reflection and refraction, reflection and refraction at plane surfaces, paraxial imagery, mirrors, thick lenses, thin lenses, lens systems, stops, principle planes, the optical invariant, vignetting, paraxial radiometry, analysis of common optical systems, real ray tracing, introduction to aberrations and image resolution in the context of the modulation transfer function. (Fall)

OPTI 8102L. Geometrical Optics Lab. (1)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6102L. Selected experiments in areas of geometrical optics such as index of refraction measurement, dispersing and reflecting prisms, spherical mirrors and thin lenses, imaging, optical instruments, aberration, fiber optics, and fringe projection profilometry. (Fall)

OPTI 8103. Light Sources and Detectors. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6103.   Photon statistics and thermal light. Interactions of photons with atoms. Population inversion, lasing threshold, and resonator modes. Mode-locked and Q-switched lasers. Semiconductor photon sources including light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and laser diodes. Quantum-confined structures, materials, and devices. Thermal sources. Light extraction. Light detectors including photoconductive, photovoltaic and avalanche photodiodes. Noise in light sources and detectors. (Spring)

OPTI 8104. Electromagnetic Waves. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6104.  Optical phenomena that are explicitly associated with the electromagnetic nature of light. Includes an introduction to Maxwell’s equations and electromagnetic waves. Polarization and the Jones calculus. Energy and momentum conservation, boundary conditions and Fresnel equations. Waves in anisotropic (birefringent) and complex media. Modulation and deflection of optical beams (principles of acousto-optics and electro-optic devices). Propagation at interfaces, waveguides, and plasmons. Electromagnetic potentials and multipole radiation, scattering of light, and interaction with metallic nanoparticles. (Spring)

OPTI 8105. Optical Properties of Materials. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6105. Electromagnetic wave propagation in dielectrics, semiconductors and metals. Dipole oscillator model, complex dielectric constants, and Kramers-Kronig relationship. Crystal structures and optical anisotropy. Reciprocal space and density of states. Electronic band structure. Quantum theory of radiative absorption and emission, selection rules. Direct and indirect interband absorption. Free-carrier absorption in metals and doped semiconductors. Free excitons and Frenkel excitons. Photo- and electroluminescence in semiconductors. Optical absorption and emission in quantum wells and quantum dots, and quantum Stark effect. Second and third-order optical nonlinearities. (Fall)

OPTI 8106. Principles of Physical Optics. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6106.  The Fourier transform and its role in wave optics. Wave properties of light, superposition of waves, angular spectrum of plane waves, relation to ray optics, Gaussian beams,  periodic structures and surfaces, Fresnel diffraction, spatial filtering diffraction, interference and interferometers (two, multibeam, Fabry-Perot), polarization, temporal and spatial coherence, holography, imaging and resolution.

OPTI 8106L Physical Optics Lab (2) Cross-listed as OPTI 6106L. Selected experiments in areas of physical optics such as interference in thin films, Fabry-Perot, Michelson & Twyman- Green interferometers, polarization and diffraction of light. By the end of this course students are asked to design and implement a mini project that includes geometrical and physical optics concepts. (Spring)

OPTI 8201. Fourier Optics and Holography. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6201.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104. Principles of scalar, Fresnel, and Fraunhofer diffraction theory. Coherent optical data processing. Optical filtering and data processing. Holography. Three lecture hours per week. (Fall, Even years)

OPTI 8202. Fundamentals of Biomedical Optics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6202 and PHYS 6802.  Basic principles underlying tissue optics, laser-tissue interactions, and optical imaging, microscopy, and spectroscopy for medical applications. (Spring)

OPTI 8203. Metamaterials. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6203. Metamaterials describes a new field of engineered materials having subwavelength structures, and which have electromagnetic properties not found in nature.  Examples include zero and negative index materials which lead to some new applications. Metamaterials are made from "meta-atoms" which are much smaller than the wavelength of the radiation.  Meta-atoms are LCR circuits having strong resonant behavior over some chosen bandwidth.  The distribution of many such atoms and their mutual interaction determine the bulk metamaterial's properties.  Describing these properties draws from electromagnetics, antenna design, atomic and molecular physics and condensed matter physics. At increasingly small scales, i.e. at the nanoscale, both quantum and plasmonic phenomena can play a role. (Fall)

OPTI 8205. Advanced Optical Materials. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6205.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8104 and OPTI 8105 or ECGR 6133/8133. Molecular optical materials including fabrication methods. Luminescence centers; quenching. Nonlinear optics, including higher order terms of the susceptibility tensor. Photonic crystals.  Three lecture hours per week. (Fall, Odd years)

OPTI 8206. Physical Optics Design and Simulation. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6206. Prerequisite: OPTI 8106 or permission of instructor. Design and simulation of optical components and systems using scalar and vector wave propagation, diffraction, and interference. The course is intended to compliment OPTI 8241, which focuses on optical lens and system design using geometrical ray-tracing. (Spring).

OPTI 8211. Introduction to Modern Optics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6211.  Prerequisite: OPTI 8102 or permission of instructor.  Fourier analysis and holography, Coherence. Introduction to light production and detection. Optical modulation, including EO effect, Kerr effect, amplitude modulation, magnetooptic effect, photoelastic effect, and acousto-optic effect. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Photonic switching. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 8212. Integrated Photonics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6212.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104. Theory and application of optical waveguides, free-space micro-optics, and integrated photonic devices. Fabrication and integration techniques, including motivations for choice of approach (hybrid vs. monolithic, materials, size, performance, etc). Modeling and simulation. Students will be required to work with mathematical packages such as Matlab and/or Mathematica to illustrate key concepts and to implement beam propagation/optical modeling simulations. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 8221. Optical Communications. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6221.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8103. Introduction to optical communications and basic communication block such as lasers, optical modulators, and optical transceivers. Review of fibers (attenuation, dispersions, etc.). Optical amplifiers. Passive and active photonic components such as tunable lasers and filters. Coherent and incoherent detection. Signal processing, photonic switching, and point-to-point links / connections. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 8222. Optical Communication Networks. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6222.  Prerequisite: OPTI 8221 or graduate standing in ECE, CS, or IT. Optical signal coding, multiplexing and de-multiplexing. Time-domain medium access (TDM (SONET) and TDMA), wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM and WDMA). Optical networks, add-drop multiplexing (OADM), switching and routing technologies, Dispersion management. Optical clock and timing recovery. Optical amplification, wavelength conversion, transport, and networking protocols.  Broadband ISDN concepts. Access, metro, and long-haul network topologies. Three lecture hours per week. (Fall)

OPTI 8241. Optical System Function and Design. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6241.  Prerequisite: OPTI 8102.  Advanced study of telescopes, microscopes, cameras, off-axis imaging systems, stops, apertures, multiple lenses, use and selection of ray trace computer codes. Three lecture hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 8242. Optical Propagation in Inhomogeneous Media. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6242.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.  Advanced study of free space propagation, scattering, and scintillation of Gaussian and uniform beam waves. Random processes, weak fluctuation theory, propagation through complex paraxial optical systems (Spring, Odd years

OPTI 8244. High Speed Photonics and Optical Instrumentation. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6244.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8103 and OPTI 8104.  Study of instrumentation used for generation, detection, and manipulation of light in optical circuits.  Topics include:  ultrashort pulse generation, photon-phonon interactions, 2nd & 3rd harmonic generation, squeezed light, optical tweezers, OPO, electro-optic modulators, selective polarizers, optical switches, amplifiers, multiplexing and mixing schemes, and application of CCD and CMOS cameras and detectors.  Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years)

OPTI 8261. Modern Coherence Theory. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6261.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8102 and OPTI 8104.  Stochastic processes.  Second order coherence of scalar and vector wavefields, radiation and states of coherence. Quantum wavefields. (Fall, Odd years)

OPTI 8271. Advanced Physical Optics (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6271.  Prerequisites: OPTI 8101, OPTI 8102, and OPTI 8104.  Advanced study of electromagnetic wave propagation, stratified media, physics of geometrical optics, polarization and crystal optics, absorption and dispersion, interference, propagation and diffraction.  Three lecture hours per week. (Spring, Odd years).

OPTI 8281. Modern Optics Laboratory. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6281.  Prerequisite: OPTI 8102. Selected experiments in areas of modern optics such as fiber optics, interferometry, spectroscopy, polarization, optical metrology, and holography. Six laboratory hours per week. (Spring)

OPTI 8301. Introduction to Instrumentation and Processing at the Nanoscale. (3) Cross- listed as OPTI 6301 and NANO 6101 Introduction to Instrumentation and Processing at the Nanoscale. Methods of manipulating, engineering, and characterizing nanoscale materials are introduced; applications and principles of their operation are discussed.  Students acquire hands- on experience with selected laboratory methods in preparation for dissertation research.  Topics include, but are not limited to, scanning probe and electron microscopy methods, cleanroom technology, nanoscale optical and e-beam lithography, nuclear magnetic resonance, mass spectrometry, luminescence methods, interferometry, gel permeation chromatography, surface area analysis, and small-angle x-ray and neutron scattering. (Fall)

OPTI 8302. Nanoscale Phenomena. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6302 and NANO 6102 Nanoscale Phenomena.  Scaling phenomena. Nano-optics (near-field optics, limits of lithography masks, nano-dots and nanoscale optical interactions). Nanoscale mechanics. Nanotribology. Biological and biologically-inspired machines. (Fall)

OPTI 8303. Collaborative Research Proposal. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6303 and NANO 6203 Collaborative Research Proposal. Effective strategies for designing and writing research proposals are presented by program faculty members, and staff from proposal development offices on campus.  Students work in teams of 2-3 to prepare an original, interdisciplinary research proposal on a topic in nanoscale science.  The proposal conforms to regulations of a selected funding agency and must address a topic that is supported by that agency.  Each team consults regularly with a panel of 2-3 faculty members who collectively approve the proposal topic, provide feedback during the development of the proposal, and ultimately evaluate the proposal.  The course is designed to increase the ability of students to relate research ideas to fundamental concepts in science and engineering, to help students learn to develop effective methods of presenting ideas and defending them, to help students develop self confidence in their abilities to present and defend ideas, and to improve oral and written communication skills. (Spring)

OPTI 8341. Applied Quantum Mechanics. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6341 and PHYS 6141 Quantum Theory I. Principles of non-relativistic wave mechanics. The Schrodinger equation, linear harmonic oscillator and WKB approximation. Central forces and angular momentum. The hydrogen atom. Applications of quantum mechanics in materials and optics.(Fall)

OPTI 8371. Solid State Materials (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6371 and PHYS 6271 Advanced Solid State Physics. Crystal structure. Electromagnetic, electron, mechanical, and elastic wave interactions with crystals. Theory of X-ray diffraction. Energy band theory of metals and semiconductors. Optical properties of solids, phase transitions, and amorphous solids. Quantum mechanics of covalent bonding, phonon excitation, and thermal energy. (Spring)

OPTI 8381. Engineering Metrology. (3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6381 and MEGR 6181/8181 Engineering Metrology. Introduction to metrology and standards. Uncertainty, precision and accuracy in metrology.  Measurement of size and form, computational methods in measurement of form. Measurement of surface texture and out of roundness. Machine tool and robot accuracy and calibration. Evaluation of screw threads and gears. Introduction to design of precision instruments. (Fall)

OPTI 8384. Advanced Surface Metrology. (3)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6384 and MEGR 7284/8284 Advanced Surface Metrology. Prerequisite: OPTI 6/8381 or permission of instructor.  Constituents of surface texture, stylus, optical, atomic force microscope and other advanced methods of measuring surface texture.  Two and three dimensional measurement of surfaces. Separation of form, waviness and roughness.  Random process analysis techniques, use of transforms for filtering.  Numerical evaluation of surface texture.  Use of surface texture as fingerprint of the process.  Relationship between function and surface texture. (Spring, Alternate years)

OPTI 8400. Industrial Internship. (1-3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6400. Prerequisite: Completion of nine hours of graduate coursework and permission of program director. Full- or part-time academic year internship in optical science/optical engineering complementary to the major course of studies and designed to allow theoretical and course-based practical learning to be applied in a supervised industrial experience. Requires a mid-term report and final report to be graded by the supervising faculty. May be repeated for credit. (On demand)

OPTI 8610. Seminar. (1)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6610. Utilizing library resources, materials, and research tools. Using presentation software and developing presentation skills for effective technical presentations. Patents and technology transfer. Ethical issues in science and engineering. Current topics in optics (Fall).

OPTI 8611. Graduate Colloquium. (1)  Cross-listed as OPTI 6611. Students present seminars on current topics in optical science and engineering.  May be repeated for credit. (Fall, Spring).

OPTI 8800. Independent Study. (1-3) Cross-listed as OPTI 6800.  Prerequisite: Permission of the Optics Program Director. Independent study pursued by the student, or a group of students, under the direction of a professor...details. May be repeated for credit up to 6 credits. (Fall, Spring, Summer).

OPTI 8991. Dissertation Research. (1-3) Research for the dissertation. May be repeated for credit.  Graded on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis. (Fall, Spring, Summer)