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Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
PHYS 545
Seattle Campus

Contemporary Optics

Coordinated lecture and laboratory treatment of topics in contemporary optics. Subjects include Fourier optics, lens systems, interferometry, laser optics, holography, polarization, crystal optics, birefringence, laser and conventional light sources, optical detectors. Prerequisite: PHYS 543 or equivalent.

Class description

For course information, please see the class website, http://courses.washington.edu/phys545/ which will be updated in early March. The preliminary syllabus posted there shows topics to be covered. There will be NO final exam during exam week. Class ends after the last lecture.

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General method of instruction

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Class assignments and grading

There will be 3 UNGRADED problem sets assigned, with solution sheets posted when due.

There will be 3 mid-term exams. Grade is based on best 2 of the 3 exam scores. There will be NO final exam during exam week. Class ends after the last lecture.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Additional Information
Last Update by Richard Jeffrey Wilkes
Date: 04/01/2010