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Optical Instrument Design

A required course in the Certificate Program in Optical Instrument Design.

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Course Description

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: Geometrical and Physical Optics (3.00 Units) EECS X496.55 or equivalent knowledge or experience.  

NOTE: This course is an online course, utilizing Zoom Meeting 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. 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.

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  • Details
  • $770
  • January 18, 2021 to March 28, 2021
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00206
  • ID/Units: EECS X498  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2021


Dr. Ramzi Zahreddine's professional and academic career over the past 15 years has spanned a multitude research problems in optics, imaging, and photonics. A significant focus of his work has been modeling, simulation, optimization, and algorithm development for optical system design. He has experience in a wide variety of optical systems including: computational optics, microscopy systems, remote sensing platforms, polymer based gradient index (GRIN) lenses, and infrared imagers. Dr. Zahreddine has advised top-tier Government research agencies including, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-E), on programs developing nontraditional optical systems, optical metamaterials, advanced optimization theory, and remote sensing platforms. He currently leads the optical design team for Peak Nano Optics in efforts to commercialize layered polymer GRIN optics. He has a passion for challenging problems in computation, optics, and imaging.

Textbook Information

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

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780819467850

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/18/2021Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC01/28/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/04/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/11/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/18/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/25/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/04/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/11/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/18/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/25/2021Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
END03/28/2021Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---