An elective course in the Certificate Program in Optical Instrument Design and the Certificate Program in Optical Engineering.
This course presents the basic quantities and units of radiometry and photometry, followed by radiometric propagation laws and approximations that allow calculation of optical radiant power transferred from a source to a receiver. The equation of radiative transfer is introduced, and simplifications are presented that allow the solution of many real-world problems. The course covers source properties, blackbody radiation laws and approximations, and properties of optical materials including transmission, reflection, absorption, and emission. It also introduces detectors of optical radiant energy, figures of merit for visible and infrared systems, and radiometric calibration. We will use all these components to develop a top-level radiometric system design that you can use within your present company or a start-up business.
Prerequisite: Undergraduate physics and mathematics courses with an understanding of numerical integration.
NOTE: This course is an online course, utilizing Zoom Meeting for extended lectures and office hours. Office hours are not mandatory but are optional for discussion, except for the one prior to the courses midterm. 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.