Courses

Polarization Courses at the College of Optical Sciences

An increasing number of firms interviewing at Optical Sciences are specifically requesting students with advanced skills in polarization. In response, the College of Optical Sciences has made many changes to the undergraduate laboratory curriculum and added a graduate polarization class. The Senior Optics Lab classes now include new experiments in Stokes imaging polarimetry, polarizing interferometers, polariscopes, stress optic coefficient measurement, magneto-optics and the Verdet coefficient, Mueller matrix polarimetry of polarization elements and depolarizers, and the electro-optic characterization of liquid crystal cells. Graduate students also have the option for a class in polarimetry theory and polarization ray tracing. Important aspects of polarization are covered in many other classes including Physical Optics, Electromagnetic Waves, Interference and Diffraction, Thin Films, Quantum Optics, and Solid-State Optics.

OPTI 586: Polarization in Optical Design

Principals of the calculation of polarization effects in optical systems; Geometrical optics; Polarization ray tracing. Polarization aberration function. Examples of polarization aberrations.


OPTI 586L: Polarization in Optical Design Lab

Polarization optical design software principals. Calculation of polarization effects in optical systems; Geometrical optics; Polarization ray tracing. Polarization aberration function. Examples of polarization aberrations.


OPTI 623: Polarized Light and Polarimetry

Polarized light and the Poincare sphere. Polarization in natural scenes and animal vision. Polarization elements: polarizers, retarders, and depolarizers. Jones and Mueller polarization calculus. Polarimetry: measuring the polarization properties of optical elements and materials. Polarization modulators and controllers. Polarization dependent loss and polarization mode dispersion in fiber optics. Advanced polarization issues in optical devices and systems.