This course builds on the ideas of harmonic motion to cover in depth the concept of waves in physics with particular emphasis on light waves as an example. The foundation of the course is Fourier theory, which will then be used to understand dispersion of waves, image formation in optics and diffraction and other aspects of Fourier optics. The course will finish with some introductory fluid dynamics.
The course material is supported throughout by examples taken from recent research on mechanical systems, nano-optics, atomic physics, biological systems and laser physics. Computer models provide an opportunity to explore various concepts presented in lectures, including models of dispersive waves and wave motion. Complementing the lectures, this course contains a laboratory component. Some experiments are essentially qualitative and support lecture material, while others allow development of important skills in quantitative experimental physics.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Appreciate the efficacy of Fourier transforms and their application to physical systems.
- Understand linear, time-invariant systems.
- Understand the role of the wave equation and appreciate the universal nature of wave motion in a range of physical systems
- Understand dispersion in waves and model dispersion using Fourier theory.
- Understand diffraction and imaging in terms of Fourier optics and gain physical and intuitive insight in a range of physics via the spatial Fourier Transform.
- Understand optical phenomena such as polarisation, birefringence, interference and diffraction in terms of the wave model.
- Understand the foundations of fluid dynamics.
- Through the lab course, understand the principles of measurement and error analysis and develop skills in experimental design.
Assessment will be based on:
- Examination 50% (LO 1-8)
- Assignments 50% (LO1-8).
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Approximately twenty-four lectures, up to twelve tutorials and twenty-four hours of laboratory work, plus individual study.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|7573||24 Jul 2017||31 Jul 2017||31 Aug 2017||27 Oct 2017||In Person||N/A|