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PX 2013
LIGHT SCIENCE
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Dr R MacPherson

Pre-requisite(s): PX 1015 / PX 1016 or equivalent.

The course aims to give a wide introduction to various fundamental topics in the science of Optics. The exploration of these fundamental topics goes beyond merely developing the appropriate theories by including study of the widespread applications of optical techniques and devices to science, industry and modern life.

Particular subjects given extensive treatment include: diffraction, interference and polaristation, the functions of lasers and photonic devices and the phenomena governing the behaviour of lens systems.

2 one-hour lectures, 2 concept mapping sessions and 10 one-hour weekly tutorials.

1st Attempt: Final two-hour written exam (75%), 2 concept mapping exercises (5% total) and 3 in-class written exams distributed appropriately throughout the course (20% total).

Resit: Final two-hour written exam (75%), 2 concept mapping exercises (5% total) and 3 in-class written exams distributed appropriately throughout the course (20% total).