Archived Versions

6.161 / 6.637 Modern Optics Project Laboratory

As taught in: Fall 2005

Red lights in a pattern.

A diffraction pattern of 632.8 nm light from a hexagonal diffraction grating. (Photo courtesy of David R. Dunmeyer.)




Prof. Cardinal Warde

David Dunmeyer

Course Features

Course Description

6.161 offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles, and optical devices and systems. This course covers a wide range of topics, including: polarization properties of light, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, holography, imaging and transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, two-lens coherent optical processor, optical properties of materials, lasers, electro-optic, acousto-optic and liquid-crystal light modulators, optical detectors, optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Students engage in extensive oral and written communication exercises. There are 12 engineering design points associated with this subject.