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Course on the simulation of optical components and systems
Author(s): Donald C. O'Shea

Paper Abstract

At Georgia Tech the course on Optical Fabrication was dropped from the catalog because the equipment was obsolete in comparison with current technology. In addition, maintenance was becoming difficult and costly. However, there was still a need to provide students with a feel for the design decisions that must be made when specifying a component. We have designed a course to provide students experience in the use of design and simulation programs for optical systems and components. Three types of simulations were explored by the students: lens design, thin film design, and physical optics simulations. This combined lecture and laboratory introduced the student to commercial design packages and provide the background on the theory used in the simulations. A number of problems and projects have been devised to provide practice in the use of these programs. This paper is a report on the first offering and evaluations of the course by the students.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 October 1995
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 2525, 1995 International Conference on Education in Optics, (13 October 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.224036
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Donald C. O'Shea, Georgia Institute of Technology (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2525:
1995 International Conference on Education in Optics
M. J. Soileau, Editor(s)

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