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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 course utilizes Zoom for weekly live online synchronous meetings. These sessions make up the lab portion of the course, where you will be provided with optical design software license information. The sessions will be recorded and posted for students who are not able to attend, watching the recording is mandatory. The Zoom meeting link and password to join will be provided in your course. Students will need to have access to the internet, have speakers and a microphone to participate. The following student guide provides additional resources/information on how to use and access your courses Zoom sessions.

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

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  • Details
  • $770
  • September 21, 2020 to November 29, 2020
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00163
  • ID/Units: EECS X493  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: FALL 2020


Mary Turner received her Ph.D. in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona, and is currently Principal Engineer at Edmund Optics. 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.

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780943396750

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START09/21/2020Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC09/22/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC09/29/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC10/06/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC10/13/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC10/20/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC10/27/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC11/03/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC11/10/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC11/17/2020Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
END11/29/2020Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---