Undergraduate Courses

OSE3043 Analytical Methods of Photonics
 
OSE3052 Foundations of Photonics
Introduction to light as rays, waves, and photons. Optical fibers. Interference and diffraction. Polarization. Image formation. LEDs and Lasers. Detectors. Optical systems (cameras, scanners, sensors)
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OSE3052L Foundations of Photonics Laboratory
Laboratory experiments introducing geometrical and physical optics. Image formation. Fiber transmission. Laser beams. Interferometers. Optical systems (cameras, scanners, sensors). Polarization devices.
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OSE3053 Electromagnetic Waves for Photonics
Electromagnetic theory of light. Fresnel reflection and refraction. Polarization and crystal optics. Metallic and dielectric waveguides.
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OSE3200 Geometric Optics
Fundamentals of geometrical Optics. Geometrical theory of image formation. Chromatic and monochromatic aberrations. Optical Systems.
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OSE3200L Geometric Optics Lab
Laboratory for the companion course OSE3200 (Geometrical Optics). Light as rays. Reflection, refraction, transmission. Lenses, mirrors, prisms. Image formation, beam manipulation. Measure and characterize optical systems like telescopes, cameras, and microscopes.
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OSE4240 Optics and Photonics Design
Analysis and design of optical and photonic systems. Assessment of image quality using optical design software. Simulation of waveguides and integrated-optic systems using photonic design software.
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OSE4410 Optoelectronics
Introduction to the principles and design of semiconductor optoelectronic devices including photodiodes, solar cells, light-emitting diodes, laser diodes, and CCDs. Applications include photovoltaics, displays, photodetection, and optical communications.
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OSE4410L Optoelectronics Laboratory
Basics of semiconductor optoelectronic devices including photodiodes, light-emitting diodes, laser diodes, CCDs. Applications include solar cells, displays, photodetection, and optical communications.
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OSE4470 Fiber-Optic Communications
Introduction to the principles and design of fiber-optic communication systems including the integrated-optic and optoelectronic devices used in transmitters and receivers.
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OSE4470L Fiber-Optic Communications Laboratory
Laboratory experiments covering the optical fiber as a communication channel, coupler, transmitter and receiver using optoelectronic device, multiplexing, and overall systems performance.
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OSE4520 Laser Engineering
The photon nature of light. Absorption and spontaneous and stimulated emission of light. Fluorescence. Optical amplifiers. Optical resonators. Lasers. Pulsed lasers. Nonlinear optical wave conversion.
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OSE4520L Laser Engineering Laboratory
The photon nature of light. Absorption and spontaneous and stimulated emission of light. Fluorescence. Optical amplifiers. Optical resonators. Lasers. Pulsed lasers. Nonlinear optical wave conversion.
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OSE4720 Visual Optics
Optics of the human eye and color vision. Optical and neural processing of spatial, temporal, and color information. Detection, discrimination, and recognition. Color science.
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OSE4721 Biophotonics
This course is an introduction to photobiology (interaction of light with biological matter), tissue optics, light-induced cellular processes, optical biosensors, and cellular and molecular imaging.
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OSE4830 Imaging and Display
Mathematical and physical models of two- and three-dimensional imaging systems including gazing, scanning, interferometric, tomographic, and hyperspectral systems. Applications to remote sensing, biology, and medicine.
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OSE4830L Imaging and Display Laboratory
Laboratory experiments introducing imaging systems. 2D gazing and scanning systems. Interferometeric metrology. Optical coherence tomography. Spectroscopy and spectral imaging. Display systems.
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OSE4930 Frontiers of Optics and Photonics
Introduction to recent advances in optics & photonics, to ethical issues, and to effective communication appropriate to the field of optics & photonics.
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OSE4951 Senior Design I
Development of the technical, communication, and team skills for successful design of optical and photonic systems. Preparation of project proposals for Senior Design II.
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OSE4952 Senior Design II
Execution of project developed in OSE 4911, including complete project design review, prototyping, construction, testing, cost, functionality, demonstration, presentation, and reporting. Emphasis on team effort.
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Core Graduate Courses

OSE5115 Interference, Diffraction and Coherence
Interference of light, optical interferometry, Fraunhofer and Fresnel scalar diffraction, diffraction gratings, temporal coherence, spatial coherence, and partial coherence. (As of Fall 2009, this course replaced OSE5115)
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OSE5312 Light Matter Interaction
Microscopic theory of absorption, dispersion, and refraction of materials; classical and quantum mechanical description of optical properties.
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OSE6111 Optical Wave Propagation
Optical propagation of light waves as applied to isotropic, anisotropic, inhomogeneous media, guided waves and Gaussian beams. (As of Fall 2008, this course replaced OSE5111.) 
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OSE6211 Imaging and Optical Systems
Application of Fourier transform theory to optical systems design. Development of optical correlation techniques. Holographic techniques and applications.
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OSE6474 Fundamentals of Optical Fiber Communications
Introduces key principles and analysis of optical communication systems. Emphasis on developing the ability to analyze and design digital, analog fiber-based systems and networks.
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OSE6525 Laser Engineering
Principles of laser amplification and oscillations; design of lasers; general characteristics of excitation systems.
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Graduate Electives

ISC6416 History of Physical Science and Cultural Connections
Intended for graduate students in science and math who wish to know more about the “who, how, why, when and where” of physics.
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OSE5203 Geometrical Optics and Imaging Systems
Fundamentals of Geometrical Optics, Geometrical Theory of Image Formation, Optical System Layout, Radiometry. 
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OSE5313 Materials for Optical Systems
This course will review key attributes of optical materials that allow them to be used in a range of applications. Physical properties and their structural origin will be used as a means to predict performance and limitations of these materials as used in devices and components in optical systems.
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OSE5414 Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Devices
Operation, fabrication, applications, and limitations of various optoelectronic devices including quantum well semiconductor devices.
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OSE6120 Theoretical Foundations of Optics
Mathematical concepts used in Optics. Topics covered include linear algebra, orthogonal expansions of functions, Fourier transforms, ordinary differential equations, and partial differential equations.
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OSE6125 Computational Photonics
Computational methods for photonic guided wave structures, periodic structures, and integrated photonics structures and devices.
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OSE6143 Fiber Optics Communication
Use of fiber optics as a communication channel. Principles of fiber optics, Mode theory, transmitters, modulators, sensors, detectors, and demodulators. As of Spring 2008 this course replaced OSE5143.
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OSE6265 Optical Systems Design
Design principles of lens and mirror optical systems; evaluation of designs using computer techniques.
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OSE6334 Nonlinear Optics
Maxwell’s equations in nonlinear media, frequency conversion techniques (SHG, SFG, OPO), stimulated scattering, phase conjugation, wave-guide optics, nonlinear crystals.
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OSE6335 Nonlinear Guided Wave Optics
The physics and applications on nonlinear interactions in fibers and planar waveguides is discussed, including parametric processes, all optical effects and solutions.
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OSE6347 Quantum Optics
Semi-classical treatment of light/matter interaction (quantized atomic states and Maxwell’s equations), density matrix theory, coherent optical transition, pulse propagation.
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OSE6349 Applied Quantum Mechanics for Optics and Engineering
Presents the elements of quantum mechanics that are essential for understanding many areas in modern optics and photonics.
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OSE6421 Integrated Photonics
The course reviews working principle, system functionality and design and fabrication issues of semiconductor integrated photonic devices and circuits for optical telecommunication and interconnect applications.
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OSE6445 Fundamentals of Ultrafast Optics
Generation, transmission, detection and manipulation of high-speed optical signals.
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OSE6447 Attosecond Optics
Introduction of the forefront of attosecond optics research. Topics include the fundamental theories and latest journal publications.
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OSE6455C Photonics Laboratory
Experimental study of photonic devices and systems including liquid crystal displays, fiber-optic sensors, laser diodes, electro-optic modulation, acousto-optic modulation, lightwave detection, optical communications, and photonic signal processing
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OSE6526C Laser Engineering Laboratory
Design and device implementation of diode pumped solid state lasers, nonlinear frequency conversion, Q-switching, mode locking, and pulsed second harmonic generation.
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OSE6527 Fiber Lasers
Research and development of fiber lasers or closely related technologies. Discussions on fiber lasers from basic concepts to design and performance of state-of-the-art devices.
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OSE6536 Semiconductor Lasers
This course covers the light-matter interaction, thermal physics and solid state physics needed to understand, analyze, and engineer semiconductor lasers with different active region dimensionalities.
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OSE6615C Optoelectronic Device Fabrication Laboratory
Design and micro-fabrication of semiconductor optoelectronics devices including passive waveguides, light emitting diodes (LEDs), laser diodes (LDs), photodetectors and electro-optic modulators.
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OSE6650 Optical Properties of Nanostructured Materials
Theory and applications of nanostructured optical materials: effective medium theory, nanostructured surfaces, plasmon waveguides, nanophotonic circuits, metallic near-field lenses, collective modes in nanoparticle arrays, metamaterials.
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OSE6820 Flat Panel Displays
Liquid crystal display, projection display, microdisplay, plasma display, light emitting diodes, organic light emitting display, and field emission display.
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OSE6938B ST: Quanum Cascade Lasers
Intro to Quantum Cascade Lasers (QCLs): active region, waveguide and thermal design; simulation of laser characteristics; commercial and defense QCL applications
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OSE6938E ST: Terahertz Technologies & Applications
Fundamental principles of THz-wave (1011-1013Hz) generation and detection methods and the numerous and ever growing THz applications
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OSE6938J ST: Modern Methods of Optical Spectroscopy
Advanced concepts of both atomic and molecular spectroscopy, emphasizing fundamental principles. Primary goal of teaching students how to take, interpret, and understand a variety of different spectra.
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OSE6938L ST: Infrared Systems
Provides a means for determining infrared system performance. Topics include components, radiometry, diffraction, etc., which are combined to provide system resolution, sensitivity, and visual activity.
Spring 2018 syllabus
 
OSE6938M ST: Infrared Detectors
Discusses major types of infrared detectors including thermal, photoconductors, photovoltaic, and photodiodes. Emphasis on modern starring-infrared-focal-plane design. Review of design and measurement of detector properties that contribute to detector sensitivity.
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OSE6938V ST:Semiclassical Laser Theory
This course follows “Laser Principles” or “Laser Engineering” where you learned the classical description of the interaction of light with matter and laser operation. We will use semiclassical laser theory, (i.e., we will quantize the matter but not the field, and use Maxwell’s equations), introduce field quantization, which allows for a fully quantum mechanical treatment of quantum electrodynamics, and Q.E.D., where both the matter and field are quantized. 
Fall 2017 syllabus

Occasionally Taught Courses

OSE6234C Applied Optics Laboratory
Laboratory techniques for observing optical phenomena and quantitative experimental study in geometrical optics, optical interferometry, diffraction, and image processing. (As of Fall 2009, this course replaced OSE 5234L)
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OSE6314 Optics of Low Dimensional Semiconductors
Optical properties and semiconductor physics of low-dimensional systems (quantum wells, wires, and dots), nano-photonic devices, and future nano-optical concepts. 
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OSE6315 Liquid Crystal Materials and Devices
Liquid crystal materials, molecular alignment, optical properties, electro-optic modulators, display devices, and tunable photonic devices. As of Summer 2008, this course replaced OSE6938C.
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OSE6319 Optical Waves and Materials
The purpose of the Course is to give a fresh look on the Optics, and on material properties important for propagation and control of light. 
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OSE6330 Stimulated and Holographic Scattering
The study of those processes in Nonlinear Optics, which are characterized by propagation of light in the media with the size considerably larger than the wavelength. 
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EEL4932 Optical Fiber Communication Systems
Introduction to the principles and design of optical fiber communication systems including the optoelectronic devices used in transmitters and receivers. Prerequisites: OSE 4xx1 Introduction to Photonics
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EEL6564 Statistical Optics
Optical communication schemes; Statistical modeling; coherent and non-coherent detection time synchronization channel characterization.
 
EMA5610 Laser Materials Processing
Laser beam optics; laser-material interactions; laser heating, melting, vaporization. Plasma formation; laser surface treatment, welding, machining; laser material synthesis. Thin film deposition, crystal growth.
 
EMA6605 Materials Processing Techniques
Phase transformation; grain size; surface, powder, and composite processing; shape forming; polymer processes; liquid and vapor phase synthesis; radiation-induced processes, mathematical analysis, project.
 
EMA6611 Optoelectronic Materials Processing
Techniques for materials preparation, doping, metallization, effect of materials properties on device (e.g., solar cells, lasers and transistors) performances, electronic and optical characterization of device materials. PR: EMA 5317, Graduate standing or C.I
 
EML4142 Heat Transfer
Conduction, radiation, and convection heat transfer. Basic energy balances emphasized. Steady state and transient problems, analysis and design of simple heat exchangers.
 
IDS5127 Foundations of Bio-Imaging Science
Fundamental theory, design, and practice of modern bio-imaging techniques used for basic biomedical research applications.

PHY4424 Optics
Wave optics, absorption, stimulated emission, lasers, transforms, coherence, holography.
 
PHY5455 Modern X-ray Science
An introduction to the science and applications of modern X-Ray optics, X-Ray lasers etc., with a review of the basic properties of X-Rays.
 
PHY5937 ST: Attosecond Laser Physics
This course is a focused introduction to the emerging field of attosecond optics and its applications. It targets senior undergraduate students and graduate students who want to enter the field. 
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PHZ5505 Plasma Physics
Introduction to theory and experimental basis of both weakly and highly ionized plasmas. Instabilities, plasma waves, nonlinear effects, controlled thermonuclear fusion.