OPSE 301 - Introduction to Optical Science and Engineering (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: Phys 121. Laboratory and lecture introduces optics and photonics principles with their elementary applications for applied physics, engineering, computer science, or biology majors. Topics include speed at light, reflection, refraction, geometric optics, interference and interferometry, polarization, dispersion, birefringence, fiber-optics, diffraction, introduction to spectroscopy and ray tracing.
OPSE 310 - Virtual Instrumentation (3-0-3)
Prerequisites: CS 113 or CS 115. Intended for all engineering, computer science, and science majors. Covers the basics of virtual instrumentation including use of IEEE GPIB, RS232 interfaces, and data acquisition boards. Interface a computer to various instruments for data acquisition and instrument control using a state-of-the-art software platform such as National Instrument's LABVIEW. Emphasis is on the practical aspects of interfacing a computer to various instruments including timing issues, real-time data acquisition and instrument control, instrument status, and acquisition speed.
OPSE 402 - High Power Laser and Photonics Applications (3-0-3)
Prerequisite: Phys 121. Open to all engineering, computer science, and science majors with junior or senior standing. Advanced combined laboratory and lecture course emphasizing photonics and high power laser applications. Topics include Maxwell's equations, principles of lasers, electro-optics, non-linear optics, absorption and transmission of light, bio-optics, fiber-optic communications, chemiluminescence, scattering from periodic surfaces and colloids, sensors. Topics and experiments change on a semester basis depending on interests of enrolled students.
OPSE 410 - Biophotonics (3-0-3)
Prerequsite: Phys 121. An introduction to the interaction of light with biological tissues. Biophotonics for diagnostic and therapeutic applications will be discussed. Topics include propagation of light in turbid tissues, absorption, scattering, laser surgery, and optical rotation.