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Optical Physics - PHYS306

Optics touches on many branches of physics and technology in the world today. The theme of this unit is physical optics, understanding how interference and diffraction determine how light propagates and interacts with optical systems. Interference leads to devices such as the Fabry-Perot interferometer, and multilayer dielectric filters; diffraction leads to new ways of analysing beam propagation and image formation. The mode theory of light propagation in free space and optical waveguides is developed and applied to lasers and fibre optics. Key optical methods are studied in the regular laboratory program together with advanced data analysis techniques and report writing providing a strong foundation for future research project work.

Credit Points: 3
When Offered:

S2 Day - Session 2, North Ryde, Day

Staff Contact(s): Professor Michael Withford

PHYS301 Prerequisite Information


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Assessed As: Graded
Offered By:

Department of Physics and Astronomy

Faculty of Science and Engineering

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