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The human eye: a model system for teaching optics

Paper Abstract

The human eye treated as an optical system is an excellent model to teach various aspects of Optics. The range of topics treated can start from simple refraction upto quantum optics including detection of single photons. In particular, concepts and methods such as ray tracing, apertures and stops, field of view calculations, gradient index systems, non-centered systems, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, scattering, Fourier optics as well as aberrations (both Seidel and wavefront aberrations) and adaptive optics can be illustrated using various properties of the human visual system. A course such as this will be of interest to students from biological sciences as well natural science and engineering students who desire some “real world” applications. I have taught these aspects and will describe my experiences and a model curriculum utilizing this ansatz.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96661D (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2207966
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Vasudevan Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9666:
11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
K. Alan Shore, Editor(s)

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