A required course in the Certificate Program in Optical Instrument Design.
Learn how to design optical instruments from a top level, tradeoffs-driven perspective. We will initially focus on the classic optical instruments: spectrometers, interferometers, telescopes and microscopes, using examples of each to gain understanding on how real world customer requirements and specifications often drive difficult choices in aperture, focal and track lengths, resolution and finesse. Guest lecturers will add world class expertise and insights into these topics. The course wraps up with a series of discussions on advanced instrument topics, and how these same choices are being made in state-of-the-art instruments today. Students would be well advised to have a firm understanding of geometrical and physical optics. While expertise in raytracing is helpful, it will not be essential for this course. The course text, “Optical Instrument Design” by Fischer will be mainly used as reference, as will a number of other books listed in the syllabus.
Prerequisites: Optical Mechanical Component Design, EECS_X497 or equivalent knowledge or experience.
NOTE: This course is an online course, utilizing Zoom Meeting for weekly live online synchronous meetings. Theses sessions make up the lab portion of the course, where you will be provided with optical design software license information. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone. For those that live in different time zones please notify instructor on day one of any conflicts about being able to participate in the live meeting sessions.