Physics 528: Advanced Modern Optics

Physics 528: Advanced Modern Optics
Syllabus (Spring 2015)
Course title: Advanced Modern Optics
Course number: PHYS 528
Section number: 001
Credit hours: 3
Pre-Requisite: PHYS 428, or equivalent
Meeting days and times: Lecture: M W F 10:00 – 10:50 am. Room: Currens Hall 336
Course website:
Students are required to visit the course website for syllabus, course calendar, lecture notes,
solutions to homework, and other documents.
Instructor: Pengqian Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Physics
Office: Currens Hall 536 and 111
Office hours: M W 1:00 – 2:00 pm, F 12:00-2:00 pm, and by appointment.
Phone: 309-298-2541, 309-298-3249. Fax: 309-298-2850
Required textbook:
“Optics”, by Eugene Hecht, 4th edition. ISBN: 9780805385663
Chapters covered: Chapters 5,6,9,10,11.
Course objectives:
This course consists in advanced levels of geometrical optics, wave optics, and Fourier optics. In
geometrical optics we study the thin lens imaging, as well as the principles of thick lenses. In
wave optics we study the various phenomena of interference and diffraction, and investigate light
diffraction using Fourier transform method. Upon finishing this course students are expected to
understand the methods and techniques used in modern optics.
Student rights and responsibilities:
1) Students are expected to attend all classes. Attendances will be monitored by unpreannounced sign-in sheets. Absences are not permitted unless preapproved. Absences due to
emergency should be supported by proper documents. Students are responsible for materials
presented in class and for changes to the schedule or plans which are announced in class.
2) Students are encouraged to discuss homework problems with the instructor, classmates or any
other persons. However, all work submitted for a grade should be substantially from the student
himself. Copy of homework or exam answers may result in failing in this course. Students
should keep all graded works.
3) WIU email accounts are official for communication. Students should check emails at least
once daily. Students have 24 hours in answering emails.
4) Please see for university policies on student rights
and responsibilities.
5) Please see for university policies on academic
ADA policy:
“In accordance with University policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), academic
accommodations may be made for any student who notifies the instructor of the need for an
accommodation. For the instructor to provide the proper accommodation(s) you must obtain
documentation of the need for an accommodation through Disability Resource Center (DRC) and
provide it to the instructor. It is imperative that you take the initiative to bring such needs to the
instructor's attention, as he/she is not legally permitted to inquire about such particular needs of
students. Students who may require special assistance in emergency evacuations (i.e. fire,
tornado, etc.) should contact the instructor as to the most appropriate procedures to follow in
such an emergency. Contact Disability Resource Center (DRC) at 298-2512 for additional
Course outline:
Chapter 5: Geometrical Optics
Chapter 6: More on Geometrical Optics
Chapter 9: Interference
Chapter 10: Diffraction
Chapter 11: Fourier optics
Homework problems are assigned at the end of each lecture, and are posted on the course
website. Homework is usually due on the Friday’s class of the next week. Overdue homework is
not acceptable unless prearranged. Solutions to the homework are posted on the course website
after the due date. These solutions are password protected due to copyright issues. Homework
problems should be done with reasonable clarity.
Midterm Exam 1: Chapters 5, 6, tentatively on February 20.
Midterm Exam 2: Chapter 9, 10, tentatively on April 24.
Final Exam: On all materials studied in this course, May 11, 10:00 – 11:50 am.
The dates of the midterm exams may be changed to meet the needs of all the students. All exams
are open-book and open-note.
Grading policy:
Two midterm exams: 20% each, totally 40%
Homework: 30%
Final exam: 30%
Final grade: A (≥ 90%); B (80-90%); C (70-80%); D (50-70%) and F (<50%).
The following bonuses are given as a minor adjustment to the final grade:
1) Bonus will be given according to the number of attendances as monitored by the sign-in
2) Bonus will be given to active discussions in and out of class.
3) Bonus will be given to who discovers errors in the textbooks, the class notes and the answers
posted to the homework problems.