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A holography course in Toronto
Author(s): Emanuel Istrate; R. J. Dwayne Miller

Paper Abstract

Holography is one of the most intuitive methods to teach optics, covering many concepts of introductory optics courses, in a visual manner. At the same time it provides a bridge between sciences and art. For these reasons, the Institute for Optical Sciences at the University of Toronto in collaboration with the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) has started an undergraduate course on holography. This course is unique from a number of perspectives. It is a collaboration between two Toronto post secondary education institutions. Also, it enrolls both science and art students, and teaches both the artistic and scientific aspects of holography. Besides the direct learning outcome of the course material, an equally important gain is for art and science students to work together on projects, learning from each others’ strengths. The course is completely hands-on, with students given individual access to the holography studio (under the supervision of a teaching assistant) to complete the required projects in the course. The projects are complemented with lectures that cover the necessary concepts in holography, such as wave propagation, interference and diffraction. The students also receive an introduction to other uses of interference and diffraction. Since the course is taken by art as well as science students, the lectures are delivered very conceptually. Students produced some stunning holograms as part of their projects and rated the course very positively with enthusiastic reviews.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 June 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9666, 11th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 96661A (5 June 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.2208076
Show Author Affiliations
Emanuel Istrate, Univ. of Toronto (Canada)
R. J. Dwayne Miller, Univ. of Toronto (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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