20171_62345: LET 215 - FUNDAMENTAL PHOTONICS

20171_62345: LET 215 - FUNDAMENTAL PHOTONICS

Fundamentals of Photonics – Spring 2017 SEMESTER

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Desiré Whitmore, PhD               OFFICE:    ATEP D108/ LSB 204

E-MAIL:     dwhitmore@ivc.edu,                OFFICE PHONE:     949-282-2704

OFFICE HOURS:

Tu       12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM,    IVC   rm LSB 204

Th       12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM,    ATEP rm D108

Fr        10:00 AM  –  11:00 AM,  ATEP rm D108

MEETING TIMES:

Lecture Th 4:30 AM – 5:30 PM ATEP D106

      Lab Th 5:45 PM – 8:20 PM ATEP B102

MATERIALS:

  1. Bound notebook with graph pages for laboratory work (recommended to be correct type from the bookstore).  No other types of lab book will be accepted.  This notebook counts as part of the lab grade. You must enter data from each lab in your lab notebook and have the instructor sign it before you leave.  
  2. EMAIL-- YOU MUST USE YOUR IVC E-MAIL!!    All other email will be ignored. E-mail is the best way to contact me. I check my e-mail from Monday through Friday, and will respond to messages within 48 hours. Make sure to type in an appropriate subject heading, which includes the title of the class (i.e., LET215 – Lab #1 Question). At the end of each message include your FULL name.

ONLINE ACCESS:         This class will be using Canvas.  ivc.instructure.com.

BOOK:        Fundamentals of Light and Lasers, Course 1, Modules 1-3, 1-6, NSF/ UCF, 2013.

                  Elements of Photonics, Course 2, Modules 2-1, 2-2, 2-3, 2-5, CORD/NSF, 2008.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course details the most important tools that are used when working with light, from lasers and other light sources to cameras and sensors. Photonic devices are used in lecture demonstrations and laboratory experiments to show how light can be generated, manipulated, and captured. Hardware is broken down to its constituent components--lasers are reduced to gain media, pump sources, and mirror cavities; cameras are dissected down to their bare chemistry. Students will gain hands-on experience with industrial hardware and tools in the laboratory

PREREQUISITE:         None,                     RECOMMENDED PREPARATION:                LET 205

QUIZZES: After each laboratory, we will a 5-10 minute quiz on the previous lecture.

LABORATORY: Lab notebooks should be used to take notes during lab as well as to record all data taken during experiments. Lab reports are due 2 weeks after the experiment takes place, and should be uploaded to Canvas.

  • Every lab report submitted needs to have the following title format: LET215_Lab1_Name.pdf

EXAMS: There will be one semi-cumulative midterm exam and a cumulative final exam. You will have three hours to complete each exam, and you can bring in a cheat sheet, but cannot use a computer.

Process Book: Each student will create a process book, due at the end of the course, which contains details on at least 2 of the labs, of which the student is most proud. This book is essentially a portfolio that the student can use during an interview, to demonstrate some of their laboratory skills. Examples can be found on Canvas.

GRADES:

Quizzes 10%

Laboratory 40% (30% reports, 10% notebook)

Exams 40% (20% each)

Process Book 10%

Grading is based on a standard, non-curved scale. A curve will be implemented, if necessary, based on the distribution of grades throughout the course.

Percentage

90-100%

80-89%

70-79%

60-69%

<60%

Grade

A

B

C

D

F

ACADEMIC CODE: The academic code of conduct is in effect. Refer to the IVC Handbook for specific college guidelines. Presentations should be written for a non-technical audience, and should include a discussion of the lab's purpose, the techniques used to acquire data, a comparison of measurements to theoretical expectations, a discussion of required internet research, conclusions, and recommendations for improvement.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

  1. Identify the different components that make up a laser cavity and describe their importance in generating laser light.

TENTATIVE COURSE SCHEDULE

WK

DATES

Course content

EXPERIMENT

1

2

3

4

1/19

1/26

2/2

2/9

Laser Safety

Laser Operation

Energy Bands, Laser Cavities

Laser Beam Parameters A

Diffraction

Spontaneous Emission

Laser Cavity Alignment

Laser Divergence

5

6

7

8

2/16

2/23

3/2

3/9

Laser Beam Parameters B

Laser Datasheet

Laser Types

NO LECTURE →  MIDTERM

Spatial Filtering

Energy Distributions

Laser Alignment II

NO LAB →  MIDTERM

9

10

11

12

3/16

3/23

3/30

4/6

Optical Displays

NO LECTURE → SPRING BREAK

Optical Fibers I

Optical Fibers II

Display Research

NO LAB→ SPRING BREAK

Waveguide Coupling

Attenuation through Fibers

13

14

15

16

4/13

4/20

4/27

5/4

Detectors

Detector Noise

Cameras

Photonics Hardware

Detectors

Detector Noise

Camera  Response

Hardware exploration

17

18

FIN

5/11

5/18

5/25

Review

NO LECTURE CLASS NOT IN SESSION

NO LECTUREFINAL EXAM

Lab catch-up

NO LAB  → NO CLASS

NO LAB  → FINALS WEEK


NOTE: Any part of the above syllabus may be amended at any time during the semester at the discretion of the instructor.

 

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