• Unit 7: Optics

    An optical phenomenon involves an interaction between electromagnetic waves and matter. The complete study of optics involves complex mathematics, a thorough understanding of both classical and quantum optical effects, and a great deal of engineering.

    We begin by applying simplified models to develop a basic understanding of how optics works, without having to remember all of Maxwell's equations. In geometric optics, we ignore all the effects that are germane to waves, such as interference. This will nevertheless allow us to understand a large variety of phenomena. We will return to the complexities of wave physics as related to optics in the section on wave optics at the end of this unit.

    Completing this unit should take you approximately 11 hours.

    • 7.1: Geometric Optics

    • 7.2: Paraxial Optics

    • 7.3: Wave Optics

    • Unit 7 Assessment