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Optics simulations: a Python workshop
Author(s): H. Ghalila; A. Ammar Jr.; S. Varadharajan; Y. Majdi; M. Zghal; S. Lahmar; V. Lakshminarayanan

Paper Abstract

Numerical simulations allow teachers and students to indirectly perform sophisticated experiments that cannot be realizable otherwise due to cost and other constraints. During the past few decades there has been an explosion in the development of numerical tools concurrently with open source environments such as Python software. This availability of open source software offers an incredible opportunity for advancing teaching methodologies as well as in research. More specifically it is possible to correlate theoretical knowledge with experimental measurements using “virtual” experiments. We have been working on the development of numerical simulation tools using the Python program package and we have concentrated on geometric and physical optics simulations. The advantage of doing hands-on numerical experiments is that it allows the student learner to be an active participant in the pedagogical/learning process rather than playing a passive role as in the traditional lecture format. Even in laboratory classes because of constraints of space, lack of equipment and often-large numbers of students, many students play a passive role since they work in groups of 3 or more students. Furthermore these new tools help students get a handle on numerical methods as well simulations and impart a “feel” for the physics under investigation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 August 2017
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 10452, 14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017, 1045218 (16 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2268377
Show Author Affiliations
H. Ghalila, Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
A. Ammar Jr., Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
S. Varadharajan, LV Prasad Eye Institute (India)
Y. Majdi, Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
M. Zghal, Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
SUP'COM (Tunisia)
S. Lahmar, Univ. de Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
V. Lakshminarayanan, Univ. of Waterloo (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10452:
14th Conference on Education and Training in Optics and Photonics: ETOP 2017
Xu Liu; Xi-Cheng Zhang, Editor(s)

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