Physics 471 - Winter 2008

Physics 471 - Winter Semester 2008

Introductory Information:

Instructor:  John Colton, N335 ESC, 422-3669. Office hrs: T Th 3-4 pm, in N335 ESC

Main TA:  Ryan Tanner, quantumleap42@gmail.com. Lab/office hours: M 4-6 pm W 5-7 (changed!), in/near S415 ESC.

Other  TA: Adam Hall, adam.h.mail@gmail.com. Lab/office hours: M 2-3 pm,  in/near S415 ESC.

Peatross & Ware Textbook website  (including lab videos)

 

Syllabus

  • Optics syllabus
  • Change: I have decided not to cover section 7.7. So please change the reading assignment for Feb 29 to be just sections 7.5-7.6.
  • Change: There's a small change on dates on the syllabus. I will be out of town March 12 and March 14 instead of Mar 10 and Mar 12. We're going to switch the topics covered on the 10th and the 12th:
    • Mar 10: Topic = Review (Ch 5-8). No reading assignment.
    • Mar 12: Topic = Rays. Reading assignment is 9.1 - 9.3.
  • Some major changes to schedule for chapters 10 and 11. Note in particular the reading assignment changes!

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

March

17  

Complex imaging

Reading: 9.7-9.8

18  End Exam 2

(late fee after 6 pm)

Homework 18

19 

Aberrations

Reading: 9.9 

20 

 

Homework 19

21

Diffraction

Reading: 10.1-10.4

24

Fraunhofer Approx. & Aperture functions

Reading: 10.5

25  

 

Homework 20

26

Array Theorem, Gratings, Spectrometer

Reading: 11.6-11.8

27 

 

Homework 21

28

Cylindrical Apertures 

Reading: 10.6 & Bessel function handout

 

31

Diffraction through lens; Gaussian beams

Reading: 11.4-11.5 , 11.2

1  

 

Homework 22

2 Discontinuance deadline

Gaussian Beams, cont.

Reading: 11.3, 11.A

3 

 

Homework 23

Interferogram/Hologram

Reading: 12.1-12.5


Quizzes

Quiz record sheet


Homework Assignments:

  • due 1/10/08:  hw 1.doc
  • due 1/15/08:  hw 2.doc
  • due 1/17/08: hw 3.doc
  • due 1/22/08: hw 4.doc
  • due 1/24/08: hw 5.doc
  • due 1/29/08: hw 6.doc
  • due 1/31/08: hw 7.doc
  • due 2/5/08: hw 8.doc  (Due-date changed! Now due 2/6/08 by 6 pm)
  • due 2/12/08: hw 9.doc  (Changed on 2/7/08--the old problem 1 has been moved to the next assignment)
  • due 2/14/08: hw 10.doc
  • due 2/19/08: hw 11.doc  (Due-date changed! Now due 2/20/08 by 6 pm)
  • due 2/21/08: hw 12.doc 
  • due 2/26/08: hw 13.doc
  • due 2/28/08: hw 14.doc
  • due 3/4/08: hw 15.doc
  • due 3/6/08: hw 16.doc
  • due 3/11/08: hw 17.doc
  • due 3/18/08: hw 18.doc
  • due 3/20/08: hw 19.doc
  • due 3/25/08: hw 20.doc Important: There's an error in problem 1 of that assignment! (Discovered 3/24/08.) Here's the fixed version of HW 20: hw 20 - fixed.doc
  • due 3/27/08: hw 21.doc Important: There's a typo in problem 1 of that assignment! (Discovered 3/26/08.) The inequality should read:  L/2 <  x' < L/2  instead of  –p/2 < Lp/2  
  • due 4/1/08: hw 22.doc
  • due 4/3/08: hw 23.doc
  • due 4/8/08: hw 24.doc
  • due 4/10/08: hw 25.doc  Important: There's a typo in problem 1 of that assignment. (Discovered 4/9/08). The equation for Plank's frequency spectrum should have a "c^3" in the denominator, not just a "c".
  • due 4/15/08: hw 26.doc


Special Reading Assignments:


Class Notes:

(Use at your own risk! They are not guaranteed and the handwritten ones were written for my benefit, not yours.)

start of post-exam 1 material:

start of post-exam 2 material:

Grades: