LIGHT LAB - 2019/0
Module code: PHY2072
The module uses a mixture of hands-on laboratory, computational and taught components to introduce important concepts in optics and photonics.
FLORESCU M Dr (Physics)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 5
JACs code: F300
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
Prerequisites / Co-requisites
PHY1036 Oscillations and Waves
Indicative content includes:
Brief review of foundations
Light interfence – Huygen’s principle, laser speckle
Geometric Optics – reflection and refraction at spherical surface, image formation. thin film interference, Michelson Interferometers, gravity waves
Diffraction and Fourier optics, DFT, Fourier transform convolution theory, image analysis and processing
Polarization, Malus’ Law, applications, circular polarization, half and quarter waveplates, Jones vector and matrices
Ray optics with matrices, ABCD formalism
Coherence and interferometers- laser interferometry and applications
Guided waves and optical cavities
Optical Instruments – imaging with lenses,camera, the eye, compund microscope, telescopes (reflective and refractive), optical abberations, computer aided optical design (Zemax OpticsStudio)
Gaussian beam optics
Detection of light
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Practical based assessment||LABORATORY COURSEWORK & DESIGN CHALLENGE||35|
|Examination||END OF SEMESTER 1 HR EXAMINATION||35|
Summer resit for written exam. Reduce laboratory coursework and 4 hour design challenge session during 2 week resit period. Reduced computation coursework resubmission during 2 week resit period.
The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate
Recall of subject knowledge
Application of subject knowledge to unseen problems
Practical laboratory and problem-solving skills
Computational laboratory skills
Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:
Final examination is of 1 hour duration, with one question from two to be attempted.
Laboratory coursework will consist of four individual problem based assignments submitted through SurreyLearn and a design challenge based on optical designs and an assessed laboratory test.
The computational coursework consists of five individual problem based assignments.
The design challenge due to its nature (interview/interactive examination) will not be anonymously marked.
Formative assessment and feedback
A significant portion of the time spent in this class is in a experimental and computational laboratory setting, during which ongoing verbal feedback will be given. Written and verbal feedback will be provided on both computational and laboratory coursework assignments.
- Show how principles of electromagnetic wave propagation find application in practical optical & photonic devices.
- Show how light can be manipulated, guided, and stored.
- Teach the physical principles underlying important optical instruments and to highlight modern developments.
- Give an experience of the design of optical systems using computational techniques based on matrix methods
|1||Demonstrate an understanding of the wave phenomena of diffraction, interference and polarization applied to optics||KC|
|2||Analyse the effects of interference and diffraction in optical instruments such as telescopes, interferometers and spectrometers||C|
|3||Apply knowledge of optics to the design and use of optical instruments||KCT|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 106
Lecture Hours: 11
Laboratory Hours: 44
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:
Equip students with subject knowledge
Enable students to apply subject knowledge to physical situations
Develop practical skills
Develop computational skills
The learning and teaching methods include:
11 hours of lectures
20 hours of experimental laboratory
24 hours of computational laboratory
The lectures will introduce essential principles that will be applied and embedded in laboratory and computational sessions.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
Reading list for LIGHT LAB : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/phy2072
Programmes this module appears in
|Mathematics and Physics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MPhys||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Mathematics and Physics MMath||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics MPhys||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies MPhys||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
|Physics with Quantum Technologies BSc (Hons)||2||Compulsory||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module|
Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2019/0 academic year.