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EE119, Spring 2009
Introduction to Optical Engineering

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10:00-11:00 am, 285 Cory Hall

Discussion Session:
M 5-6 pm in 293 Cory

Lab Session:
Monday 12 pm, Monday 4 pm, and Tuesday 3 pm in 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, holography, 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, fiber optics, and holography. 

Class Syllabus
Academic Dishonesty Policy

Professor J. Bokor
508 Cory Hall
Phone: (510) 642-4134
Office Hours:
508 Cory Hall
Thursday: 9-10 am

Teaching Assistant:
Julia Zaks
Office Hours:
400A Cory
Wednesday: 11am-noon

Course Administrative Assistant:
Amber Morales



    Welcome to EE119

  • Here is a compilation of everyone's term project abstracts abstracts Project Abstracts
  • Class on Wednesday, May 6 is cancelled. Projects are due Monday, May 11.

    Trip to Chabot Observatory will be on Friday, April 24. We will plan to meet in Cory hall at 5 pm and carpool. Please let Julia know if you have a car, and how many people you can drive.

    Here are some example projects
  • Blu-ray Development
  • Applications of Holography
  • Lasik

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Lecture Notes:

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Book Notes:

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Discussion Notes:

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  • Homework 1: Due Friday, January 30, 2009 (tex | ps | pdf)

  • Homework 2: Due Friday, February 6, 2009 (tex | ps | pdf)

  • Homework 2 Solutions: (pdf )

  • Homework 3: Due Monday, February 15, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 3 Solutions: (pdf )

  • Homework 4: Due Friday, February 20, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 4 Solutions: (pdf )

  • Homework 5: Due Friday, February 27, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 5 solutions pdf

  • Homework 6: Due Friday, March 13, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 6 Solutions: pdf

  • Homework 7: Due Monday, March 30, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 7 Solutions: pdf

  • Homework 8: Due Friday, April 3, 2009 (tex | pdf)

  • Homework 8 Solutions: pdf

  • Homework 9: Due Friday, April 10, 2009 pdf

  • Homework 9 Solutions: pdf

  • Homework 10: Due Friday, April 17, 2009 pdf

  • Homework 10 Solutions: pdf

  • Homework 11: Due Friday, April 24, 2009 pdf

  • Homework 11 Solutions: pdf
  • Homework 12: Due Friday, May 1, 2009 pdf

  • Homework 12 Solutions: pdf

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Lab Demos:

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Midterm/Final: Final Will be on Saturday, May 16, from 8 am to 11 am. Practice finals are posted below.
Midterm will be on Monday, March 9, 2009, in class. Midterm is Closed book, closed notes. you man bring 1 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper and a calculator. No cell phone or PDA calculators. The exam will cover everything up through and including cameras.
You haven't had a problem set on cameras yet, but you should understand all the boxed expressions in the notes and understand how cameras relate to some of the more general principles of optical systems (including, but not limited to, focal lengths, aperture stops, field stops, magnification).

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Here are the midterm solutions. The mean was 70.2 and standard deviation was 15.3.

  • Lab and Class Participation 10%

  • Homework 15%

  • Midterm 20%
  • Project 25%
  • Final 30%

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  •  Last updated 04/25/08