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Physical Optics

Code 12509
Year 2
Semester S2
ECTS Credits 6
Workload PL(30H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Optics
Entry requirements Elementary notions of algebra and calculus. Basic notions of electromagnetic theory
Learning outcomes To acquire knowledge of the physical principles underlying optical phenomena and how to apply it to the human visual system in order to understand and solve problems related to vision and optical instruments / lenses.

At the end of this course the learner is expected to be able to:
- describe, analyze and interpret the optical phenomena of interference, diffraction and polarization of light;
- to describe and interpret the phenomena of interaction of light with matter;
- to access and analyze the quality of the image.
Syllabus 1. Waves
2. Electromagnetic Waves
3. Radiation-matter interactions
4. Polarization
5. Interference
6. Diffraction
Main Bibliography - Optics, Eugene Hecht, Pearson Education, 2016
- Optics - An Introduction, Sarhan M. Musa, Mercury Learning and Information, 2020
- Optical devices in ophthalmology and optometry: technology, design principles and clinical applications. M Kaschke, K-H Donnerhacke, and M. Stefan. Weinheim: Wiley-Vch, 2014.
- Field Guide to Physical Optics, Daniel G. Smith, SPIE Press, 2013.
- Modern Optics, Robert Guenther, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1990.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Theoretical lectures for the exposition of the subjects and discussion with the students, including experimental demonstrations of the phenomena under analysis.
Assessment is based on written tests
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2023-06-13

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