Introduction to Optical Engineering
Learn about optical engineering as well as the optics software for layout and optimization from this free online course.
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This free online course on the introduction to optical engineering will begin by introducing you to the meaning and background of the geometric optics as well as gaussian beams. You will learn about the importance of studying optics along with how light travels in a homogeneous medium. You will also learn how optical systems are designed as well as the importance of rays of light to the design of optical systems.
This course will also introduce you to the concepts of cartesian ovals and convex-concave as it relates to optical frames. You will learn about a simulation tool referred to as the optic software for layout and optimization (OSLO), as well as the various versions of the tools available for use by designers. This course will teach you to use the OSLO software in optical engineering.
Finally, this course will introduce you to the meaning of aperture stop as well as the optics that limit the cone of light travelling through the system. This course will then improve your knowledge on how to calculate the aperture stop of a system using a very simple Gaussian lens formula along with what causes vignetting in a system. Begin this course and improve your knowledge of optical engineering.Start Course Now
Introduction to Optical Engineering and OSLO
Introduction to Optical Engineering and OSLO - Learning Outcomes
Introduction to Optical Engineering
Geometric Optics Basics
Refraction at a Single Surface
Introduction to OSLO
Introduction to Optical Engineering and OSLO - Lesson Summary
Aperture Stops and Rays
Aperture Stops and Rays - Learning Outcomes
Stops and Rays
Aperture Stop: Vignetting
OSLO: Ray Tracing
Aperture Stops and Rays - Lesson Summary
On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
- Discuss the meaning and historical background of optical engineering.
- Explain the concept and application of Gaussian beams to optical systems.
- Analyze how light travels in a straight line in a homogeneous medium.
- Discuss the different types of reflections that can be found in an optical system.
- Analyze the postulations of the ray and wave models in optical engineering.
- Discuss the simulation tool referred to as optic software for layout and optimization (OSLO) in optic engineering.
- Distinguish the chief ray and the axial ray along with the functions they perform in the optical system design.
- Explain the relationship among the YNU technique, the YUI technique, and the matrix method as they relate to ray tracing.
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