Optical Signals, Devices, and Systems

A simple acousto-optic processor, from problem set 5 in the assignments section.

A simple acousto-optic processor, from problem set 5 in Assignments. (Image courtesy of David R. Dunmeyer. Used with permission.)

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MIT Course Number

6.637

As Taught In

Spring 2003

Level

Graduate

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Course Description

6.637 covers the fundamentals of optical signals and modern optical devices and systems from a practical point of view. Its goal is to help students develop a thorough understanding of the underlying physical principles such that device and system design and performance can be predicted, analyzed, and understood.

Most optical systems involve the use of one or more of the following: sources (e.g., lasers and light-emitting diodes), light modulation components (e.g., liquid-crystal light modulators), transmission media (e.g., free space or fibers), photodetectors (e.g., photodiodes, photomultiplier tubes), information storage devices (e.g., optical disk), processing systems (e.g., imaging and spatial filtering systems) and displays (LCOS microdisplays). These are the topics covered by this course.

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Warde, Cardinal. 6.637 Optical Signals, Devices, and Systems, Spring 2003. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-637-optical-signals-devices-and-systems-spring-2003 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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