OPSE 301 - Introduction to Optical Science and Engineering

Prerequisites: Phys 121. Laboratory and lecture introduces optics and photonics principles with their elementary applications for applied physics, engineering, computer science, or biology majors. Topics include speed at light, reflection, refraction, geometric optics, interference and interferometry, polarization, dispersion, birefringence, fiber-optics, diffraction, introduction to spectroscopy and ray tracing.

COURSE OUTLINE with Lecture notes




HW 5 - Friday 10/19 8:30AM

HW 6 - Tuesday 10/23 8:30AM

MIDTERM - Tuesday Oct 30th 8:30AM (in-class)

Lab 5 writeup - THrusday Nov 1st

HW 7 - Tuesday Nov 6

HW#8 - Tuesday Nov 27th

Lab 13 - Thursday Nov 29th

HW#10 - tuesday dec 4th

HW #12 - thursday 6th

HW#13 - tues dec 11th

Review Sessions for Final

The review sessions will be held in the OPSE lab (our normal classroom). For the times listed below, I will check in the OPSE lab at the START time to see if anyone is there for the review. If no one is there, I will go back to my office. So... if you are late for the review session, and no one is in the lab, please come to my office to get me.

WEDS Dec 10th - 8:30-11AM, 1-3 pm

THURSDAY (Reading Day #1) - 8:30-10am, 10am-noon, 1-3pm

GRADES and Logbook of Assignments: SECTION 001

Home work Solutions: WK1, WK2, WK3, WK4, WK5, WK6, WK7, WK8, WK10, WK12, WK13

Fall 2013 Midterm, Fall 2013 Midterm Solutions, Fall 2014 Midterm Solutions
Fall 2015 Midterm, Fall 2015 Midterm Solutions, Fall 2016 Midterm Solutions

Final Exam Equation Sheet


Sample Final Exam Problems: Fall 2010, Fall 2008, Fall 2007, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

Solutions: Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE COURSE CONTENT VARIES FROM YEAR TO YEAR. Consult the syllabus and assigned HW problems and labs to determine what will be covered on this year's exams

Laboratories for OPSE 301

The following labs are available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Format.


Lab 2: Index of Refraction, Total Internal Reflection, and Critical Angle PDF Format    Word  Format

Lab 3-PHY: Wave Plates and Polarization of Light PDF Format    Word Format

Lab 3-BME: Chirality and Polarization of Light PDF Format    Word Format

Lab 5: Absorption of Light by an Organic Dye PDF Format    Word Format michfr~1.jpg (3369 bytes)(updated Fall 2018)

Lab 7: Detection of Light PDF Format    Word Format michfr~1.jpg (3369 bytes)(updated Fall 2018)

Lab 12: Light Sources - Monochrometers and Light Sources

Physics Version Word Format   BME Version Word Format

Lab 13: Michelson Interferometer 

PDF Format    Word Format

Lab 14: Fiber Optics/ Vibration Sensor PDF Format   Word Format