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Optical Systems Engineering

A required course in the Certificate Program in Optical Engineering.

Course Description

Examine the fundamentals of systems engineering as applied to the design of optical, infrared, and laser systems; understand requirements analysis, trade studies, error budgets, requirements flowdown, component specifications, and vendor selection. Develop first-order models for the radiometric, optical source, focal plane array, and overall performance of an optical system. Quantify radiometric performance using etendue and stray light analysis. Compare FPA types and properties; predict MTF and SNR performance combining optical, source, and FPA parameters; explore detector-selection specifications and tradeoffs. Examine component fabrication and STOP analysis.

Prerequisites: Geometrical and Physical Optics EECS_X496.55 or equivalent knowledge or 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.

  • Details
  • $770
  • April 01, 2024 to June 09, 2024
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00203
  • ID/Units: EECS X496  (3.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SPRING 2024


Stephen K. Remillard, Ph.D., has been involved in STEM education since 2004, most of that as Associate Professor of Physics at Hope College. Prior to that, he was Senior Engineer and Director of Engineering at ISCO International where he worked on the design and development of RF subsystems for wireless telecommunications, for which he holds seven US patents. He received a Certificate in optical engineering from the UCI Division of Continuing Education and is very active in educational outreach to optical engineers, particularly through the production of recorded instruction on focused topics.

Textbook Information

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

Required Textbook(s):

Optical Systems Engineering
Book - ISBN: 9780071754408
Keith Kasunic, 1 ed, McGraw-Hill

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START04/01/2024Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
OL-LEC04/04/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/11/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/18/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC04/25/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/02/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/09/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/16/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/23/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC05/30/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
OL-LEC06/06/2024Thursday6:00 PM7:00 PMZoom---
END06/09/2024Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---