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EE119, Spring 2010
Introduction to Optical Engineering

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00-11:00 am, 3109 Etcheverry

Discussion Session:
M 5-6 pm in 3109 Etcheverry

Lab Session:
144F Cory (Enter into the main instruction electronics lab at 144 Cory. The optics lab is on your left.)

Physics 7C.

Primary Text:
Optics, 4th edition, by Eugene Hecht, (Addison Wesley Longman, 2002)
Supplementary Text:
Modern Optical Engineering, 3th ed., Warren J. Smith, Mc Graw Hill, 2000)

Course Details:

Optical devices are employed in an ever increasing range of applications, from simple lenses to electronic cameras and displays, to complex fiber-optic communication networks. This course provides an introduction to modern optical engineering, covering the fundamental concepts as well as practical techniques and applications. Basic optical principles are presented, particularly reflection, refraction, aberrations, diffraction, interference, brightness and coherence. Practical aspects of optical materials will be covered as well. Building on this foundation, a wide variety of optical devices and processes are then discussed, including lenses and imaging systems, prisms, simple optical instruments, fiber optics, photodetectors, and lasers. 

General topics include followings: 
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, and fiber optics. 

Class Syllabus
Academic Dishonesty Policy

Professor J. Bokor
510 Sutardja Dai Hall
Phone: (510) 642-4134
Office Hours:
510 Sutardja Dai Hall
Friday: 9-10 am

Teaching Assistant:

Xi Luo

258M Cory Hall


Office Hours:
Friday: 12pm-1pm

571 Cory Hall




Welcome to EE119

Projects are due by 6PM on the last day of the Reading/Review/Recitation Week: May 7.

The project should be prepared in either Microsoft Word, or PDF format, and emailed to Prof. Bokor by the deadline.

Here are some example projects

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This class is being webcast.  Click here to find recordings of the lectures.


PDF files containing the lecture notes:


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Book Notes:



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Discussion Notes:


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  Homework is assigned every Tuesday and is due the following Tuesday, 5pm.

  Please submit your answers to EE119 homework-box located in 240 Cory Hall.

·         Homework 1     Homework 1 Solution

·         Homework 2     Homework 2 Solution

·         Homework 3     Homework 3 Solution

·         Homework 4     Homework 4 Solution

·         Homework 5     Homework 5 Solution

·         Homework 6     Homework 6 Solution

·         Homework 7     Homework 7 Solution

·         Homework 8     Homework 8 Solution

·         Homework 9     Homework 9 Solution

·         Homework 10   Homework 10 Solution

·         Homework 11   Homework 11 Solution


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Lab Demos:


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  • Lab and Class Participation 10%
  • Homework 15%
  • Midterm 20%
  • Project 25%
  • Final 30%

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