29 episodes

This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered in geometrical optics include: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry. Topics covered in wave optics include: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product. Analytical and numerical tools used in optical design are emphasized. Graduate students are required to complete assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project.

Optics MIT

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    • 3.9, 18 Ratings

This course provides an introduction to optical science with elementary engineering applications. Topics covered in geometrical optics include: ray-tracing, aberrations, lens design, apertures and stops, radiometry and photometry. Topics covered in wave optics include: basic electrodynamics, polarization, interference, wave-guiding, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction, image formation, resolution, space-bandwidth product. Analytical and numerical tools used in optical design are emphasized. Graduate students are required to complete assignments with stronger analytical content, and an advanced design project.

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 Ratings

Bewat ,

Blinded by the Light

Wouldn't you expect that a video course on optics from MIT would be able to show you the light the students are seeing? In this course, the white board is so blindingly white that you can't read it. A serious handicap. Only when the prof, who is not especially focused himself, writes on the blackboard can you SEE what he's talking about.

Cymbo ,

Unable to find prescription.

After watching all the videos in the series I was unable to find my glasses prescription. I would expect so much more from MIT, only 2 stars for the inconvenience. I looked all over the internet for my prescription and decided to search iTunes U for the great deal of professors available. After watching the first video and being blinded by the overly bright projector, I decided I needed to strengthen my prescription. The Optics video was very misleading and I was in the end very disappointed. 2 stars for creativity.

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