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Eléments d'optique physique

academic year

Course teacher(s)

Marc HAELTERMAN (Coordinator)

ECTS credits


Language(s) of instruction


Course content

Diffraction theory, Fresnel diffraction formula, Fraunhauffer diffraction formula, diffraction grating and other examples of diffraction calculus. Thin lenses theory. Tranfer function of thin lenses. Fourier transforms with lenses and their applications: spatial filtering, image treatment, auto-correlators and image recongnition techniques. Interferometry: basic interferometers and their applications (nondestructive testing), the Fabry-Perot interferometer and its application to spectroscopy. Principles of holography and its applications. Theory of partial coherence.

Objectives (and/or specific learning outcomes)

Provide the student with the basics of modern optics. Preparation to advanced courses in laser physics.

Teaching methods and learning activities

Classical courses with powerpoint slides. The practical aspects of the course are inllustrated through laboratory experiments.

References, bibliography, and recommended reading

Introduction to Fourier Optics, J. Goodman.

Other information


Bât. C, Niv. 3, Tél : 02 650 44 94 Mail : mhaelter@ulb.ac.be


Method(s) of evaluation

  • Other


Oral exam in January.