Module Identifier PH22010  
Module Title OPTICS  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator Professor Leonard Kersley  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Geraint Thomas, Professor Neville Greaves  
Pre-Requisite Core Physics Modules at Level 1  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 seminars/workshops/exercise classes; 2 tutorials  
Assessment Exam   End of Semester Examinations   70%  
  Course work   Example Sheets Course Deadlines (by week of semester): Example Sheets 11,12 and 13 Weeks 2,3 & 4 Example Sheets 16,17 and 18 Weeks 7,8 & 9   30%  

Module description
The aim of the module is to provide students with a basic understanding of the fundamentals of optics. Part of the course is concerned with geometrical or ray optics, from the basic principles of reflection and refraction to the properties of lenses and simple optical instruments. Another section deals with physical or wave optics, concerning interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction and leading on to polarisation and the optical properties of birefringent crystals. The course ends with an introduction to the modern topics of holography and non-linear optics.

Module objectives / Learning outcomes
After taking this module students should be able to:

Additional learning activities
Video on Optical Interference.

Outline syllabus

Reflection and refraction, lenses, aberrations, optical instruments.


Wave properties of light.
Interference, two-beam interference, then film interference and its applications.
Michelson interferometer, multiple-beam interference, Fabry-Perot etalon.
Diffraction, Fraunhofer, single slit resolution, double slit, diffraction grating, introduction to Fresnel diffraction.
Polarisation, birefringence, uniaxial crystals.

Introduction to holography and non-linear optics.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
Keller, Gettys and Skove. Physics Classical and Modern.
Jenkins and White. Fundamentals of Optics. Invalid isbn : 007Y853460 : Fundamentals of Optics : PH22010