EECS 119 

Introduction to Optical Engineering



Office Hours

Jeffrey Bokor
510 Sutardja-Dai Hall 
Fri. 9-10AM


Office Hours

Xi Luo


Th. 11am-noon, 557 Cory

About Class

Unit Value: 3units 
Class hours: 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion per week 
Class time and location: Tu, Th 3109 Etcheverry Hall

Discussion Session: M 5-6pm 3109 Etcheverry
Prerequisites: Physics 7C

Class Homepage:

Required Texts

Optics, 4th edition, by Eugene Hecht, (Addison Wesley Longman, 2002)

Suggested references 

Modern Optical Engineering, 3th ed., Warren J. Smith, Mc Graw Hill, 2000)


Lab and Class Participation












Will emphasize design  and application of optical systems 
Collaboration is encouraged, but everyone must turn in their own solutions.

Materials to be covered

    1.Propagation of light. Snell`s law and Huygen`s principle. Refraction and reflection. Plane waves, spherical waves and image formation. Total internal reflection. Polarization, polarizers, and wave-plates. 

    2.Lenses and aberrations. Phase retardation by thin lenses. Lens laws and formation of images. Resolution and primary aberrations. Prism devices   Various optical material types, crown and flint glass, fused silica, low thermal expansion glasses. 

    3.Simple optical instruments. Optical properties of the human eye. Still cameras, shutters, apertures, photographic film. Telescopes, atmospheric distortion, the Hubble Space Telescope. Microscopes. Projection systems.  

    4.Detectors. Semiconductor detectors, including pn junction diodes, PIN diodes. Solar cells.  Photomultipliers. CCD image array detectors. Microchannel plate image intensifiers. 

    5.Light modulators. Liquid crystal light valves and flat panel displays.   Deformable mirror array devices. 

    6.Illuminators and condensers.  Field uniformity and light collection  efficiency. Light sources.

    7.Lasers. Optical gain. Spontaneous and stimulated emission. Population inversion. Optical feedback and resonant cavities. Laser modes. Spectral bandwidth and coherence length. Examples of laser types including diode laser, gas laser. Harmonic generation. 

    8.Diffraction theory. Fraunhofer and Fresnel Diffraction. Fresnel zone plate.  

    9.Interference. Young`s 2 slit experiment and fringe visibility. Michelson Interferometer. Multiple beam interference and thin film coatings.  

   10.Fiber optics. Waveguides and modes. Fiber coupling. Types of fiber: single and multi-mode. Fiber communication systems including couplers and switches, time division and wavelength division multiplexing. Fiber dispersion.   Fiber amplifiers.