Modern Optics Project Laboratory

Red lights in a pattern.

A diffraction pattern of 632.8 nm light from a hexagonal diffraction grating. (Photo courtesy of David R. Dunmeyer.)


MIT Course Number

6.161 / 6.637

As Taught In

Fall 2005



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Course Features

Course Description

6.161 offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles, and optical devices and systems. This course covers a wide range of topics, including: polarization properties of light, reflection and refraction, coherence and interference, Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction, holography, imaging and transforming properties of lenses, spatial filtering, two-lens coherent optical processor, optical properties of materials, lasers, electro-optic, acousto-optic and liquid-crystal light modulators, optical detectors, optical waveguides and fiber-optic communication systems. Students engage in extensive oral and written communication exercises. There are 12 engineering design points associated with this subject.

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Warde, Cardinal, and David Dunmeyer. 6.161 Modern Optics Project Laboratory, Fall 2005. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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