Professors: Bunch, Ditteon, Duree, Joenathan, Kirkpatrick,
Kirtley, McInerney, Moloney, Milanovic, Siahmakoun, Syed,
Wagner, and Western.
In courses which include a laboratory, satisfactory completion
of the laboratory work is required in order to pass the
OE 171 Photography and Holography 2R-OL-2C F
Introduce students to basic knowledge of optics, principles
and operation of a camera, shutters, films, and film
development, color photography, basic understanding of
interference of waves, concept of holography, properties of
various holograms, application of holography, and each student
makes individual hologram that can be seen in sunlight.
OE 172 Optics in Technology 2R-OL-2C S
Introduction to the properties of lasers; types of lasers;
characteristics of optical fibers, optical communication,
applications of lasers and fibers in industry, medicine and
OE 280 Paraxial Optics 3.5R-.5L-4C W Pre: PH 113
First order geometrical optics including image formation, y-nu
ray tracing, cardinal points, stops and apertures, matrix
methods and an introduction to optical instruments.
Introduction to computer-aided analysis.
OE 290 Directed Research Credit arranged Pre: Consent of
Research for freshmen and sophomore students under the
direction of a physics and optical engineering faculty member.
May earn up to a maximum of 2 credits for meeting the
graduation requirements. The student must make arrangements
with the faculty member for the research project prior to
registering for this course.
OE 295 Optical Systems 3.5R-.5L-4C S Pre: PH 113 and MA 221
Components of optical systems; introduction to lasers light
and Gaussian beams; Optical fibers; Fiber optic systems;
radiometry and photometry; optoelectronics; LEDs; optical
sources; detectors; noise in detectors; CCD arrays, optical
OE 392 Wave Optics & Coherence 4R-0L-4C Arranged Pre: PH 292,
Propagation of light, Fresnel equations; Fraunhofer and
Fresnel diffraction; coherence; Fourier transforms,
convolution and correlation; optical transfer function (OTC),
modulation transfer function (MTF); speckles; holography,
OE 393 Fiber Optics and Applications 3R-3L-4C W Pre: OE 295
and PH 316
Basic dielectric waveguide equations; wave optics and ray
optics; step-index and graded-index fibers; single mode and
multi-mode fibers; mode cutoff conditions; numerical aperture;
fabrication of optical fibers; fiber measurements; fiber cable
designs; source coupling, splices and connectors; fiber optic
sensors; fiber optic components and systems.
OE 395 Optical Instrumentation 3R-3L-4C Arranged Pre: OE 280
and PH 292
Radiometry and photometry; optoelectronics; LEDs; optical
sources; detectors; signal conditioning and noise; CCD arrays;
optical instruments; color; selected experiments on the
application of optical instruments.
OE 415 Optical Engineering Design I 2R- 6L-4C S Pre: OE 295
Team-oriented and/or independent design project work on
selected topics in optical engineering, design of project,
building of prototype, experiments to test optical components
and systems, electronic systems, optical measurement tools,
mechanical measurements, design construction of optics,
optomechanics, and opto-electronics in the system,
construction of a device, market analysis
OE 416 Optical Engineering Design II 2R-6L-4C S Pre: OE 415
Follow up of 445, Team-oriented and/or independent design
project work on selected topics in optical engineering, design
of project, building of prototype, experiments to test optical
components and systems, electronic systems, optical
measurement tools, mechanical measurements, design
construction of optics, opto-mechanics, and opto-electronics
in the system, construction of a device, market analysis.
OE 450 Laser Systems and Applications 3R-3L-4C S Pre: PH 292
and MA 222 or JR standing or consent of instructor
Laser safety; Gaussian beam propagation; cavity design;
longitudinal and transverse modes; stimulated emission;
population inversion; rate equations; gain and threshold;
Q-switching and mode-locking; types of laser systems; laser
applications in communication; medicine, military, industry.
OE 470 Special Topics in Optical Engineering 2-4 Credits Pre:
Consent of instructor
Lectures on special topics in optics.
OE 480/OE 580 Lens Design and Aberrations 4R-0L-4C F Pre: OE
280 or SR/GR standing or consent of instructor
Chromatic and third order aberrations, exact ray tracing, y-y
bar diagrams as a design tool, methods for reducing
aberrations in initial designs, optimization. Design of simple
lens systems. Introduction to computer-aided design, design
of optical systems including camera lenses, mirror systems and
catadioptic systems. For graduate credit, students will have
to do project work on a topic selected by the instructor.
OE 485/OE 585 Electro-Optics and Applications 3R-3L-4C W Pre:
PH 292 and PH 316 or SR/GR standing or consent of instructor
Optical wave propagation in anisotropic media; normal surface,
birefringence, index ellipsoid, optical activity, Faraday
rotation, Pockels and Kerr effects, electro-optic modulators,
electro-optic effect in liquid crystals, photorefractive
effect, acousto-optic effect and modulators, second-harmonic
generation, optical phase-conjugation and applications. For
graduate credit, students will have to do project work on a
topic selected by the instructor.
OE 490 Directed Research Credit arranged Pre: Consent of
Research for junior and senior students under the direction of
a physics and optical engineering faculty member. May earn a
maximum of 8 credits between PH/OE 290 and PH/OE 490 for
meeting graduation requirements. Maximum of 4 credits per
term. The student must make arrangements with the faculty
member for the research project prior to registering for this
OE 495/OE 595 Optical Metrology 3R-3L-4C F Pre: PH 292 or SR/GR
standing or consent of instructor and Co-Req OE 480
Optical testing: geometrical test methods (refractometers,
knife edge, Ronchi, Wire, Hartmann); review of interference
and coherence; fringe visibility; conventional interferometers
(Newton, Fizeau, Twyman-Green and shearing); fringe
localization; phase shifting, holographic, Moire, photoelastic
and speckle interferometry; emerging optical methods. For
graduate credit, students must do additional project work on a
topic selected by the instructor.
OE 497, OE 498, OE 499 Senior Thesis 1-2C F,W,S Pre: Consent
of PHOE faculty
Literature search, research proposal preparation, and
laboratory project work. This sequence is designed to result
in a completed senior thesis or initiation of research to be
completed in an MSOE degree at Rose-Hulman.
SR/GR standing is required for enrolling in the following
OE 520 Principles of Optics 2R-0L-2C F Pre: OE 295, PH 292, PH
316 or SR/GR standing or consent of instructor
Classical optics; exact ray tracing; aberrations,
interference, polarization, spatial and temporal coherence;
lasers and Gaussian beam propagation; diffraction; optical
sources and detectors; selected applications of optics.
OE 535/BE 535 Biomedical Optics 4R-0L-4C W Pre: PH 113, MA 222
or SR/GR standing or consent of instructor
Optical techniques for biomedical applications and health
care; laser fundamentals, laser interaction with tissues,
laser diagnostics and therapy, laser surgery, endoscopy and
applications; fiber optics; fiber optic biosensors; microscopes;
optics-based clinical applications.
OE 570 Special Topics in Optics 2 or 4C F,W,S Pre: OE 295, PH
292, and PH 316
Lectures on special topics in optics such as: optical
materials, optics of thin films and infrared optics.
OE 580 Lens Design and Aberrations. See OE 480 OE 585
Electro-Optics and Applications. See OE 485
OE 592 Fourier Optics and Applications 3R-3L-4C F Pre: SR/GR
standing or consent of instructor
Two-dimensional linear systems; diffraction theory (Fresnel &
Fraunhofer); imaging properties of lenses; frequency analysis
of optical imaging systems; spatial filtering; optical
information processing; Vander-Lugt filters; wavefront
reconstruction; holography; optical computing.
OE 594 Guided-Wave Optics 3R-3L-4C S Pre: OE 485 or SR/GR
standing or consent of instructor
Theory of optical waveguides; waveguide modes; fabrication
techniques; input and output coupling techniques; waveguide
losses; waveguide gratings; electro-optic modulators;
integrated optical detectors; applications of integrated
OE 595 Optical Metrology.
See OE 495