Optics laboratory and application

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course gives an introduction to optical analysis methods of very general interest, that are diffusely exploited in many research as well industrial applications. The experiments bring to the study of fundamentals of Fourier Optics and of Statistical Optics, and to the comprehension of the role played by them in the instrument design.
Each group of students is charged with one experiment to be developed and performed during the course.
Expected learning outcomes
At the end of the laboratory course the student will have a detailed knowledge of one or more optical techniques. He/she will be able to discuss, design, realize an optical apparatus and perform the corresponding data analysis, even with codes written to the aim. The main items are:

- static light scattering
- dynamic light scattering
- holography
- interferometry
- coherent / incoherent imaging
- speckle techniques
- shadowgraph techniques
- measurement of wavefront distorsion
- astronomical optics
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
The course will be partially delivered remotely in case of travel
restrictions due to Covid-19. In this case, the lectures will be offered
in virtual classrooms (zoom platform) in synchronous connection, with the
possibility of real-time interaction between the students and the teacher. The laboratory activity cannot be completely substituted by homeworks.
Course syllabus
The program is defined and optimized together with the students, depending on their principal interests. I propose:
- static light sattering
- dynamic light scatetring
- holography
- interferometry
- coherent/ incoherent imaging
- speckle techniques
- deep Fresnel speckles
- shadowgraph techniques
- characterization of wavefront distorsions
- astronomical optics
Prerequisites for admission
Fundamentals of Optics. Statistics.
Teaching methods
Frontal lessons and laboratory activities.
Teaching Resources
J Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics, McGraw-Hills
J Goodman, Statistical Optics, Wiley
M Born and E Wolf, Principles of Optics, Cambridge University Press
G Monk, Ligth: Principles and Experiments, Dover
Assessment methods and Criteria
Students will be evaluated during the lab activities.
The final exam will be centred on the discussion of the methods developed in the course during a talk.
FIS/03 - PHYSICS OF MATTER - University credits: 6
Laboratories: 48 hours
Lessons: 14 hours