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Optical Science Minor

Semester Requirements

Zoran Ninkov, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-7195, ninkov@cis.rit.edu

Michael Kotlarchyk, Minor Adviser
(585) 475-6115, mnksps@rit.edu

Optical science techniques are used in a variety of consumer products (e.g., digital cameras, CD players), communication technologies (optical fibers), medical imaging (infrared imaging), and the sciences (surveillance, remote sensing, and astronomical systems). This minor can be an important complement to studies in electrical and microelectronic engineering, the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technical photography, and various programs in the applied science and technology area.

 

Course
Electives
Group A
Choose one of the following:
   IMGS-321    Geometric Optics
   IMGS-322    Physical Optics
   PHYS-365    Physical Optics
   MCEE-515    Nanolithography Systems
   PHPS-211    Photographic Optics
Group B
Choose one of the following:
   PHYS-408    Laser Physics
   IMGS-251    Radiometry
Group C
Choose one of the following:
   IMGS-451    Detectors
   IMGS-528    Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Camera
   IMGS-542    Testing of Focal Plane Arrays
Group D
Choose two of the following:
   IMGS-221    Vision and Psychophysics
   IMGS-322    Physical Optics
   IMGS-341    Interaction of Light and Matter
   IMGS-471    Modulation Transfer Function
   PHYS-213    Modern Physics I
   PHYS-412    Electricity and Magnetism II
   CHMP-442    Quantum Chemistry
   EEEE-374    Electromagnetic Fields
   MCEE-515    Microlithography Systems and Lab
   PHPS-316    Scanning Electron Microscopy

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Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.

This minor provides students with the opportunity for additional study in optical sciences in order to build a secondary area of expertise in support of their major program. For example, the minor can be an important complement to studies in electrical and microelectronic engineering, the biological sciences, physics, chemistry, mathematics, technical photography, and various programs in the applied science and technology area. The department of physics and the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science jointly offer the minor.

Optical science techniques are used in a variety of consumer products (e.g., digital cameras, CD players), communication technologies (optical fibers), medical imaging (infrared imaging), and the sciences (surveillance, remote sensing, and astronomical systems). There are many opportunities in industry and government laboratories for people with recognized expertise in optical science. To obtain a minor in optical sciences students must complete three core courses and two elective courses.

Core Courses—Students must complete one course in each of three fundamental areas of optical science:

Optical Principles—Choose one of the following:
1051-303 Geometrical Optics
1017-455 Physical Optics
0305-525 Optics for Microelectronic Engineering
1017-320 Principles of Optics

Sources of Electromagnetic Radiation—Choose one of the following:
1017-556 Laser Physics
0609-511 Laser Technology
1051-370 Radiometry

Detectors—Choose one of the following:
1051-465 Detectors
1051-528 Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Camera

Electives—Choose two of the following to provide specialization in any of the fundamental areas listed in the core*:
1017-455 Physical Optics
1017-314 Modern Physics I (or 1051-313 Interactions Between Light and Matter, or 1014-442 Quantum Chemistry)
1051-528 Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Camera†
1017-412 Electricity and Magnetism II (or 0301-474 Electromagnetic Fields II)
1017-555 Optical Physics II
1017-511 Experimental Optics (or 1008-311 Analytical Chemistry: Instrumental Analysis)
0305-564 Microlithography Systems (and 0305-574 Microlithography Systems Lab)
0301-625 Modern Photonic Devices and Systems (or 0609-554 Electronic Optical Devices)
0301-674 Fiber Optics: Theory and Coupling (or 0614-520 Fiber Optic Telecommunications Technology)

* Substitution of courses for both the required and elective selections is possible with the approval of the optical science minor adviser. Students considering this minor are strongly advised to discuss their plan of study with the minor adviser.

† Design and Fabrication of a Solid State Camera (1051-528) may be used as an elective if it has not been previously used as a core course.