Instructor:  Prof. Mansoor Sheik-Bahae                             

Office:  Physics & Astronomy Rm. 1109 (North Wing)   

Phone: 277-2080, Fax:  277-1520


Office Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3 pm. or by apponment.

 TA Office Hours:  Mondays 4-5 pm (Room 146)

Midterm Exam :  Wed. Oct. 24 (closed book)


Class meeting times: Mondays, Wednesdays 17:30- 18:45 ;   Physics and Astronomy, Room 5


Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (April 30, 1996)  ISBN-10: 0471634107 ISBN-13: 978-0471634102

Textbook: Optics (2nd edition) by  Klein & Furtak    

Pre-requisites:  (Check UNM Catalog for more details).

Teaching Assistant:  Zhanliang (Jim) Sun   Room 146,  Tel: 277-1868


Assignments: Homework problem sets will be assigned on a regular basis throughout the semester..

Tests:   There will be one midterm exam and a final exam.


Check the UNM's Office of Registrar for possible changes in the Final exam schedule.


Last day to drop the courses without a grade is  TBA.

For other deadlines see:  Fall 07 Dealine Dates

Tentative Grading (subject to change):   The final grade is weighted as follows:
Midterm Exam: 35%
Final Exam: 35%
Homework: 30%



Tentative Syllabus                                       

1- Introduction

                 -electromagnetic theory, Maxwell’s equations

                -modern developments (relativistic optics, quantum optics)

 2- Optics of Planar Interfaces

                -Maxwell’s equations in matter

                -reflection and transmission (Fresnel’s Laws)

                -prism optics

                -dielectric waveguides

3- Geometrical Optics

                -ray tracing

                -imaging (spherical and aspherical surfaces, thin lenses, mirrors,..)

                -paraxial optics

                -matrix method

                -thick lenses

                -examples of optical systems (human eye, telescopes, microscopes, ...)


  5- Interference

                -two-beam and multi-beam interference

                -interferometers, applications 

  6- Polarization

                -states of polarization

                -polarizers, waveplates

                -matrix techniques

                -crystal optics, tensor properties     

   7- Diffraction (introductory)