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Lecturer :

Mathieu Hébert

Teaching staff :
Pierre Chavel
Corinne Fournier

Level : Graduate

Course Language : French

Term : Winter & Spring

Number of hours : 25

ECTS Credits : 2
0250 Physical optics
Teaching site :
Provide a tool for the analysis of optical systems. After this course, the student should be able to predict the performance of an optical imaging system, as well in fact as some spectroscopic devices through the role played by diffraction, to set the basis of its design and evaluate the limits of the model implemented.


This course uses the methods of Optical Physics, mainly in its paraxial approximation, to analytically account for light propagation and image formation in an optical system. In parallel to that approach based on the physics of light, it covers the associated numerical methods that allow to analyze and design optical systems, with emphasis on the required sampling conditions required to obtain meaningful results. It shows that within its domain of validity, diffraction is a powerful and fairly general tool for the analysis and understanding of optical systems. Diffractive optics, holography and speckle can be understood only in this framework.

Requirements : basics of diffraction, Fourier Optics, proficiency in geometrical optics and elements on aberrations

Evaluation mechanism : 4 multiple choice questionaires (total weight 1) no document, pocket calculator allowed One pratical examination on computer (weight 3), all documents and pocket calculator allowed One examination on paper (weight 3), all documents and pocket calculator allowed.

Last Modification : Sunday 18 November 2018

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