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Introduction to Lens Design

A required course in the Certificate Program in Optical Engineering and an elective in Optical Instrument Design.

Course closed to new registrations: Call ( 949 ) 824-5414 for more information or sign up below to be notified when this course becomes available.×

Course Description

This practical, hands-on course will provide you with the fundamental principles in optical lens design. Participants will learn how to design various lenses from simple landscape lens to the complex triplet. The knowledge and skills achieved in this course will prepare participants for advanced level study in optical design. Topics include: review of geometric optics, image formation, paraxial ray tracing, aberration theory, analysis, manual pre-design calculation, design principles, modeling with optical design software, image evaluation such as spot diagram, Strehl ratio, MTF, etc. During the course of the class students will have access to industry standard software for optical design.

Prerequisites: College level algebra, physics and familiarity with optics or equivalent experience.

NOTE: This online course includes live webinar sessions using an online meeting software called ZOOM collaborative online learning tool for the lab portion of the course. For these sessions, students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone or phone. The live sessions are one-hour synchronous discussions each week unless otherwise noted by your instructor. Each session will be recorded for those who cannot participate in the live sessions due to time conflicts. For those whose time zone may conflict with the scheduled webinar sessions please let the instructor know.

Students will be provided an optical design software license for use in the course.


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  • Details
  • $745
  • April 02, 2018 to June 10, 2018
  • Location: Online
  • Reg#: 00191
  • ID/Units: EECS X493  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SPRING 2018


Mary Turner received her Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and is currently Director of Training at Breault Research Organization in Tucson, AZ. Dr. Turner has significant design experience in a wide variety of optical and illumination systems, including vision systems, telescopic systems, spectrometers and projection systems. She has spent much of her career teaching software based optical design and analysis courses to more than 5000 students worldwide.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

Book Required, ISBN: 9780943396750

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START04/02/2018Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC04/04/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/11/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/18/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/25/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/02/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
No Meeting05/09/2018Wednesday------------
OL-LEC05/16/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/23/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/30/2018Wednesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
No Meeting06/06/2018Wednesday------------
END06/10/2018Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---