PHYS 545: Contemporary Optics

NOTE: this page is out of date and will be replaced in December 2017. Prospective students may use info here to get an idea of what the course will include.
-- Jan 2017

Winter Quarter, 2015

Section A: PCE Reg. #143947, Section B: UW SLN 21274

T-Th, 7:00-8:50 pm
A-110 Physics-Astronomy Building (PAB)
4 credits
R. Jeffrey Wilkes,
Kenneth Young Memorial Professor of Physics
Office: B303 PAB
Phone: (206) 543-4232
Mailbox: in Physics Department office (C121 PAB)

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Thick lens: cardinal points

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CLASS IS ONLINE (optionally, in-person) every Tuesday. Click on "How to connect" link below. Slides will be posted on this website in the usual place. I will open the session at 6:45pm each night. IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE CONNECTING, email me, (I will check email before and shortly after the start of class).

new!  EXAM 2 will be issued March 5 and is due on March 10 - note changed dates! see syllabus link below.

See links to recorded Adobe Connect online sessions below.

Physics MS students and GNMs: register through UW Extension, use Registration #143947. To get registration forms contact Program Coordinator Chantelle Vollmer <cvollmer@PCE.UW.EDU>,  206.685.9586
Students in other UW graduate programs, or undergraduates (with permission of instructor): register through MyUW, SLN 21274.

Textbook: Pedrotti and Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, 2007 (3rd) edition.
new!   EXAM 1 is available in the lecture notes directory. Due by start of class next Tuesday, Feb 3, at 7pm. Deliver in class,  email (scan your written solutions) to,  put your exam paper in my mailbox in C121, or mail to R. J. Wilkes, Physics box 351560, UW, Seattle 98195 (must be postmarked 2/3/15 or earlier)

After the first meeting, this will be a paperless course - no handouts. All needed materials will be posted here. Please print out and bring to class copies of lab handouts.
  1.  Course information
  2. Syllabus and calendar. Green = optional online attendance dates.
  3. How to connect to online sessions
  4. Lecture notes (will appear here before class, but possibly as late as 6:30 pm!)
  5. Lab handouts (will be posted 24 hr or more before class)
  6. Books on reserve 
  7. Suggested problem sets
  8. Programs for ray optics ; for instructions, click on 545programsREADME.html
  9. new! links to lecture recordings

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Fabry-Perot interferometer: performance vs reflectivity


last updated: 2/26/15

All documents linked on this page R. J. Wilkes, 2014-15.