Course: Wave and Photon Optics

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Course title Wave and Photon Optics
Course code OPT/PGSVO
Organizational form of instruction Lecture
Level of course Doctoral
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter and summer
Number of ECTS credits 15
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course unspecified
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Hradil Zdeněk, prof. RNDr. CSc.
  • Bouchal Zdeněk, prof. RNDr. Dr.
Course content
Description and properties of optical media, non-homogeneous, anisotropic and gyrotropic media, utilization in gradient and polarization optics. Differential methods of light description, basic types of optical beams, parameters and physical properties, beam transformation and shaping. Description and experimental realization of non-diffracting and vortex beams, physical applications, transfer of momentum and angular momentum, principles of optical manipulations. Integral methods of light description, impulse and Fourier methods, solution of diffraction problems, description and utilization of light diffraction on periodical structures. Spatio-temporal optical effects, propagation and transformation of optical pulses. Transition from scalar to electromagnetic optics, spatially variable polarization states of light, experiments with radial and azimuthal polarization Analogy of wave (quantum) mechanics and wave optics, detection and reconstruction of optical signal, quantum mechanical interpretation of the paraxial wave equation, Fresnel transformation and measurement of quadrature operators.

Learning activities and teaching methods
Work with Text (with Book, Textbook)
  • Preparation for the Exam - 50 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
Fundamentals of wave, electromagnetic and photon optics, methods of light description in various optical media, amplitude and phase modulation of light.
Knowledge of basic principles and applications of wave, electromagnetic and photon optics.
No prior requirements.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam

Knowledge within the scope specified by the syllabus.
Recommended literature
  • Akhmanov S. A., Nikitin S. Yu. (1997). Physical Optics. Clarendon Press, Oxford.
  • Davydov, A.S. (1978). Kvantová mechanika (české vydání). SPN, Praha.
  • Guenther R. D. (1990). Modern Optics. J. Wiley & Sons, NY.
  • Sakurai J. J. (1994). Modern Quantum Mechanics. Addison-Wesley, New York.

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