FISI 4056: Modern Optics


Properties of electromagnetic waves, polarization, interference, diffraction. Spectral composition of functions, natural line width of radiation, spectral line broadening, modulated waves, wave packets, Fourier analysis of random process. Basic concepts of Fourier optics. Propagation of light in isotropic media. Propagation of light in anisotropic media, birefrigence, interference of polarized waves, rotation of the polarization plane, induced anisotropy, optical processes and excitations. Scattering of light, Rayleigh and Mie scattering, Brillouin scattering, Raman scattering. Generation of light, blackbody radiation, optical amplifiers, lasers, laser radiation. Nonlinear phenomena in optics, nonlinear polarization, generation of harmonics, self-focusing of light in nonlinear medium.


3 credit hours.