OPTI-586L: Polarization in Optical Design Laboratory
Polarization is a fundamental component of electromagnetic waves. The goal of this course is to apply theoretical principles of polarization and practice overcoming common pitfalls in polarization engineering.
Learn why you should always use polarization optics in collimated light.
Gain experience understanding and interpreting polariscope images. This simple tool can be a first step to understanding the polarization properties of optical elements.
Course topics range from polarization ray tracing to the complicated effects of thin film coatings. Understanding what is needed to create realistic polarization models improves optical design.