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Introduction to Radiometry: The Propagation and Measurement of Optical Radiant Energy

An elective course in the Certificate Program in Optical Instrument Design and the Certificate Program in Optical Engineering.

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Course Description

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. 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 10, 2022 to March 20, 2022
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00146
  • ID/Units: EECS X494.1  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: WINTER 2022


Barbara G. Grant is author of Getting Started with UAV Imaging Systems: A Radiometric Guide published in 2016 by SPIE Press. She also authored Field Guide to Radiometry (2011) and co-authored The Art of Radiometry (2010). Both books have been SPIE bestsellers. Grant has taught short courses to professional technologists since 2009 at SPIE Conferences, as an Affiliate Instructor with Georgia Tech Professional Education, at Santa Clara University, and in government agencies. Grant received the master’s degree in optical sciences from the University of Arizona in 1989, where her graduate work focused on remote sensing systems and calibration. She received the bachelor’s degree in mathematics from San Jose State University in 1983 and studied electrical engineering in the graduate program at Santa Clara University designed for working professionals. Prior to becoming an electro-optics consultant in 1995, she was employed in the aerospace and defense industry, holding engineering positions at Lockheed-Martin and NASA-Goddard contractors, among others. She received two NASA awards for her work on the integration and test phase of the GOES weather satellite imager and sounder. In 2016, she formed Grant Drone Solutions, LLC, to apply the concepts in her latest book to the emerging UAV marketplace.

Textbook Information

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

Required Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780819472458

Optional Textbook(s):

Book - ISBN: 9780819488275

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START01/10/2022Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC01/18/2022Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/24/2022Monday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC01/31/2022Monday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/14/2022Monday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC02/22/2022Tuesday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/07/2022Monday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC03/14/2022Monday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
END03/20/2022Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---