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FAFF01-FYST43 Optics and Optical Design

About the course

The course “Optics and optical design” teaches the basic principles of optics and gives practical knowledge on optical design, with the help of a ray tracing program.

It is a course with level G2 optional for F4, E4, N4, Pi4, also open to students of the Science faculty.


The course is managed through Canvas. The information provided here is for general purpose. The course is given yearly in the autumn I period (HT1).  

Course content:

Optics and optical design includes ray optics (incl. matrix formulation), wave optics, Fourier optics, electromagnetic optics incl. polarization and the optics of layered media (incl. matrix formalism) with a short introduction to photonic crystals.

Administrative info

Course code Science Faculty: FYST43

University credits: 7.5 ECTS

Fall 1

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Course Teachers:
Cord Arnold & Olle Lundh

Recommended prerequisites: Basic courses in mathematics and physics

Assessment:Written exam. Three mandatory laboratory exercises with report. Ray tracing project.

Lectures:26 h

12 h

Laboratory work:
15 h