20171_67955: LET 205 - FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT

20171_67955: LET 205 - FUNDAMENTALS OF LIGHT

Fundamentals of Light and Lasers –Spring 2017 SEMESTER

 

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Desiré Whitmore, PhD OFFICE:       ATEP D108/ LSB 204

 

E-MAIL:     dwhitmore@ivc.edu OFFICE PHONE:    949-282-2704

 

OFFICE HOURS:

Tu       12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM,        IVC  rm LSB 204

Th       12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM,       ATEP rm D108

Fr        10:00 AM  –  11:00 AM,     ATEP rm D108 

MEETING TIMES:

Lecture F       11:00 AM – 12:00 PM       ATEP E101

     Lab F       12:15 PM –   2:50 PM       ATEP B102 

MATERIALS:

  1. Bound notebook with graph pages for laboratory work (recommended to be correct type from the bookstore).  No other types of lab book will be accepted.  This notebook counts as part of the lab grade. You must enter data from each lab in your lab notebook and have the instructor sign it before you leave.  
  2. EMAIL-- YOU MUST USE YOUR IVC E-MAIL!!    All other email will be ignored. E-mail is the best way to contact me. I check my e-mail from Monday through Friday, and will respond to messages within 48 hours. Make sure to type in an appropriate subject heading, which includes the title of the class (i.e., LET205 – Lab #1 Question). At the end of each message include your FULL name.

ONLINE:       This class will be using Canvas.  ivc.instructure.com

BOOK:          Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, Course 1, 2nd edition, CORD/NSF, 2013.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course introduces the fundamental properties of light, including its interaction with and generation from materials. Essential components of optical systems are studied, including lenses, mirrors, prisms, windows, sources, detectors, optoelectronics, polarizers, fibers, and gratings. Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools as they construct basic optical component test setups and systems in the laboratory.

PREREQUISITE:      None,     RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:      Technical Math 321

QUIZZES: After each laboratory, we will a 5-10 minute quiz on the previous lecture. Also, after every module of the textbook, there will be a required online quiz

LABORATORY:    Lab notebooks should be used to take notes during lab as well as to record all data taken during experiments. Lab reports are due 1 week after the experiment takes place, and should be uploaded to Canvas.

  • Every lab report submitted needs to have the following title format: LET205_Lab1_Name.pdf

EXAMS: There will be one semi-cumulative midterm exam and a cumulative final exam. You will have three hours to complete each exam, and you can bring in a cheat sheet, but cannot use a computer.

PRESENTATIONS: Each student will give a 5-10 minute oral presentation that will cover the measurements of a laboratory report of the student’s choice.

GRADES:

Quizzes 10%

Laboratory 40% (35% reports, 5% notebook)

Exams 40% (20% each)

Presentation 10%

Grading is based on a standard, non-curved scale. A curve will be implemented, if necessary, based on the distribution of grades throughout the course.

Percentage

90-100%

80-89%

70-79%

60-69%

<60%

Grade

A

B

C

D

F

ACADEMIC CODE: The academic code of conduct is in effect. Refer to the IVC Handbook for specific college guidelines. Presentations should be written for a non-technical audience, and should include a discussion of the lab's purpose, the techniques used to acquire data, a comparison of measurements to theoretical expectations, a discussion of required internet research, conclusions, and recommendations for improvement.

 STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Construct a simple optomechanical apparatus for measuring the reflection, transmission, and absorption of light interacting with a material.

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

WK

DATES

Course content

EXPERIMENT

1

2

3

4

1/20

1/27

2/3

2/10

Properties of Optical Radiation, Lab Protocol

Light-matter interaction

Polarization I

Polarization II

reflection/refraction

transmission/absorption

Malus’ Law

Brewster’s Angle

5

6

7

8

2/17

2/24

3/3

3/10

NO LECTURE LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY

Color/Properties of Light

Total Internal Reflection

NO LECTURE →  MIDTERM

NO LAB HOLIDAY

Spectral Filtering

Critical Angle

NO LAB → MIDTERM

9

10

11

12

3/17

3/24

3/31

4/7

Imaging Components

NO LECTURE → SPRING BREAK

Imaging Instruments

Human Eyeball Components

Imaging

NO LAB → SPRING BREAK

Telescopes

Model Eyeball

13

14

15

16

4/14

4/21

4/28

5/5

Diffraction and Interference

Moiré Patterns

Optical Sources and Spectra

Detection and Radiometry

Laser collimation Testing

Aperture Diffraction

Gas Spectroscopy

Irradiance

17

FIN

5/12

5/19

Thin Film Coatings

NO LECTURE FINAL EXAM

Detector circuitry

NO LAB FINALS WEEK

NOTE: Any part of the above syllabus may be amended at any time during the semester at the discretion of the instructor.

Course Summary:

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