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PHY2207 Optics

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 24 May 2022


Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911


This course forms a mandatory coursework component for the Bachelor of Science (Astronomical and Space Sciences) and provides an in-depth intermediate level coverage of optics which builds and expands on the introductory topics covered in PHY1911, from geometrical to modern optics with deeper analysis of a variety of optical systems. This course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding in optics whereby the student can apply this knowledge into the solving of complex problems in optics and optical applications. The optical physics presented in this course provides important knowledge and skills for those intending to pursue careers in physics, astronomy and research.

This course is an intermediate treatment of optical physics, which builds and expands upon the material covered early in the major. Topics include complex and three dimensional representation of wave motion, advanced treatment of reflection and refraction, optical component and device analysis including treatment of aberrations, wave superposition analysis, electromagnetic field equation analysis of polarisation and applications, field equation analysis of interference and diffraction, Fourier optics and coherence, and modern optical applications.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 24 May 2022