Syllabus

Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 2 sessions / week, 1.5 hours / session

Course Description

This course investigates the principles of thermal radiation and their application to engineering heat and photon transfer problems.

Topics include:

  • Quantum and Classical Models of Radiative Properties of Materials
  • Electromagnetic Wave Theory for Thermal Radiation
  • Radiative Transfer in Absorbing, Emitting, and Scattering Media
  • Coherent Laser Radiation
  • Applications:
    • Laser-material Interactions
    • Imaging
    • Infrared Instrumentation
    • Global Warming
    • Semiconductor Manufacturing
    • Combustion
    • Furnaces
    • High Temperature Processing

Textbook

Amazon logo Modest, Michael F. Radiative Heat Transfer. 2nd ed. Boston, MA: Academic Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780125031639.

Prerequisites

Intermediate Heat and Mass Transfer (2.51), or Transport Processes (10.302).

Problem Sets

Problem sets are due once every two weeks.

Exams

There are two exams, which are each worth 20% of the final grade. The first is in-class and open-book. The second is a take-home test.

Grading Policy

Activities Percentages
Problem Sets 50%
Exam 1 20%
Exam 2 20%
Classroom Presentation and Discussion on Global Warming 10%