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Photonics Courses

LET 205: Fundamentals of Light 

3 Units | 2.5 hours lecture | 1.5 hours lab
Recommended Preparation: MATH 321

 
This course introduces the fundamental properties of light, including its interaction with and generation from materials. Optical hardware is used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments to show how light can be controlled. Essential components of optical systems are studied, including lenses, mirrors, prisms, windows, sources, detectors, optoelectronics, polarizers, fibers, and gratings. Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools as they construct basic optical component test setups and systems in the laboratory.
 

LET 215: Fundamentals of Photonics

3 Units | 2.5 hours lecture | 1.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: LET 205 
 

This course details the most important tools that are used when working with light, from lasers and other light sources to cameras and sensors. Photonic devices are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments to show how light can be generated, manipulated, and captured. Hardware is broken down to its constituent components--lasers are reduced to gain media, pump sources, and mirror cavities; cameras are dissected down to their bare chemistry. Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools in the laboratory.
 

LET 225: Quality Assurance for Precision Optics 

4 Units | 2.5 hours lecture | 1.5 hours lab

This course addresses the basics of specification, manufacturing, and assessment of precision optics. It presents an introduction to quality assurance (QA) practices required to identify, inspect, and measure optical components. Materials and tools found in an industrial optics fabrication and inspection shop are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments. Students will gain hands-on experience with these industrial materials and QA tools in the laboratory.
 

LET 235: Metrology of Optical Systems

3 hours lecture | 1.5 hours lab
Prerequisite: LET 205 

This course is a hands-on laboratory course that will detail the measurement techniques required to ensure that a fabricated assembly or system meets its procurement specifications. It covers the design and application of optical metrology instrumentation such as interferometers and modulation transfer function measurement systems. Emphasis in on test applications that are required in optical engineering and manufacturing. Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools in the laboratory. 

Contact

Dr. Lianna Zhao, MD
School of Physical Sciences & Technologies, Dean

T: 949-451-5561 

Life Sciences Building (B400)
Room LSB 202

Brian Monacelli, Ph.D.
Photonics Instructor

T: 949-282-2706
E: IVCphotonics@ivc.edu

Advanced Technology Education Park (ATEP), Tustin

Funding for this program was provided by OP-TEC, The National Center for Optics and Photonics Education, based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. NSF/DUE0603275

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