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Course Descriptions

The Optical Engineering bachelor’s degree program is one of the few in the country. This program provides a firm foundation for those interested in continuing thier studies in optics at the graduate level, as well as for those going into industry. The curriculum was developed by the faculty with input from industrial representatives as well as from renowned national and international optics educators. Because of the diverse applications of optics, the curriculum contains a mix of courses in physics and mathematics as well as humanities and social sciences. The Optical Engineering program at Rose‑Hulman stresses laboratory instruction. We also encourage students to look at options for a double major, especially Optical Engineering with electrical, computer or mechanical engineering.

OE 585 - Electro-Optics and Applications

  • Credit Hours: 3R-3L-4C
  • Term Available: W
  • Graduate Studies Eligible: No
  • Prerequisites: PH 292 and PH 316 and Senior or Graduate standing
  • Corequisites: None

Optical wave propagation in anisotropic media. Normal surface and the index ellipsoid. Double refraction. Optical activity and Faraday rotation. Pockels and Kerr effects. Electrooptic modulators. Acousto-optic effect. Modulators and scanners. Introduction to nonlinear optics. Second-harmonic generation and frequency doubling. Relevant laboratory experiments.

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