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Geometrical and Instrumental Optics II


John E. Greivenkamp

College of Optical Sciences, Rm. 741

(520) 621-2942


Course Information

Goal: This course will provide the student with a fundamental understanding of optical system design and instrumentation. The course builds upon the foundations of geometrical optics that were presented in OPTI-201R to discuss a variety of elementary optical systems. Other topics include chromatic effects, camera systems and illumination optics. A special emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of the design of optical systems.

Instructor Notes: Required and can be downloaded below. Some of the Notes carry over from OPTI-201R.

Required Text:

Field Guide to Geometrical Optics John E. Greivenkamp  ISBN# 0-8194-5294-7

Note that this book is available as an e-book through the UA library as well as an app for Android  (search “SPIE”)

References: A useful list of optics references

Full Course Syllabus: Syllabus – Includes Course Policies


A: Excellent – has demonstrated a more than acceptable understanding of the material; exceptional performance; greatly exceeds expectations

B: Good – has demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; good performance; meets or exceeds expectations

C: Average – has demonstrated a barely acceptable understanding of the material; adequate performance; meets minimum expectations

D: Poor – has not demonstrated an acceptable understanding of the material; inadequate performance; does not meet expectations

E: Failure – little to no demonstrated understanding of the material; exceptionally weak performance


Schott Glass MapData Sheets

Hoya Glass Catalog

Ohara Glass Catalog

Blank Ray Trace Sheets

300 Year Quest for Binocular

History of Telescopes and Binoculars

Binoculars and Telescopes Presentation

Other Links

Museum of Optics

Lens Movies – Courtesy of Marshall Scott

     Positive Lens

     Negative Lens


SPIE – The International Society for Optics and Photonics

OSA – Optical Society of America