Instructors Wanted to Teach:
Optical Instrument Design course
This application page is for Systems Engineering, please use it to apply for the Optical Engineering & Instrument Design Program
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Kadie Heck, M.S. | Program Coordinator
Engineering, Sciences, & Life Science Programs
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Geometrical and Physical Optics (Prerequisite Course) & Optical Instrument Design (Required Course)
The specific course descriptions and course objectives are below.
Optical Instrument Design (Required Course):
Design commonly used optical instruments by relating user requirements to component and layout specifications. Learn basic design principles of telescopes, microscopes, spectrometers, interferometers, and polarimeters. Model instrument performance using by-hand and computer-assisted calculations including the effects of component, assembly and environmental tolerances. Analyze the tradeoffs between conflicting performance metrics. Examine instrument illumination techniques. Gain practical experience with weekly design-to-requirements exercises and a student-selected design project.
At the end of this course, students will be able to:
- Specify the basic design and performance parameters of commonly used optical instruments.
- Translate user requirements into instrument component and layout decisions.
- Model performance effects of tolerances and sources of error.
- Define the issues with the design of illumination channels for different classes of optical instruments.
Southern California offers numerous opportunities for professional development at all levels from the experienced professional to those who are new to the optics and photonics community. The OSSC maintains a close relationship with the Optical Engineering & Instrument Design programs at UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education (UCI DCE) and the Photonics Technology Program formerly at Irvine Valley College, now moving to Pasadena City College. Many OSSC members are among the students, organizers and instructors.