UFAF003 Optics

Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Winter 2020
Extent and Intensity
4/2/0. 8 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
RNDr. Jan Hladík, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Petr Slaný, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. RNDr. Petr Slaný, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Mgr. Debora Lančová, Ph.D. (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
doc. RNDr. Petr Slaný, Ph.D.
Centrum interdisciplinárních studií – Faculty of Philosophy and Science in Opava
Mon 14:45–16:20 B1, Wed 16:25–18:00 B1
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
UFAF003/A: Tue 13:05–14:40 309, D. Lančová
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The course introduces students to the basics of physical description of light and its propagation in matter and gives some simple applications of optical phenomena in nature and technology.
  • * Historical review of the view on light, measurement of the speed of light.
    * Geometrical optics: Fermat's principle, the law of reflection and refraction at a dielectric interface, total reflection and prisms decomposition of light by a prism spherical mirrors, refraction at spherical surfaces, lenses. Simple optical systems - the eye, magnifying glass, microscope, telescope.
    * Wave optics: optical range of electromagnetic waves, the properties of plane electromagnetic waves, polarization and its applications, spherical wave behavior of plane electromagnetic waves at the interface of two dielectrics, Fresnel amplitude of the reflected and refracted waves, Brewster's angle, total reflection and the evanescent wave coherence of light two-beam interference - interference of two plane light waves, Young's experiment, interference on a thin layer (soap film, antireflection coating, Newton's glass). Interferometry. Diffraction of Light, Babinet principle, Huygens-Fresnel principle, the scalar theory of diffraction, Fraunhofer diffraction by a slit, on the grid, and a circular aperture. Holography and its applications.
    * Light propagation in anisotropic solids: Fresnel ellipsoid, phase velocity surface, index of refraction surface, birefringence, polarization in anisotropic solids, beam velocity surface, optical axes uniaxial crystals.
    required literature
  • J. Fuka, B. Havelka. Optika. Praha, 1961. info
    recommended literature
  • E. Hecht. Optics. San Francisco, 2002. ISBN 0-321-18878-0. info
  • R. P. Feynman, R. B. Leighton, M. Sands. Feynmanovy přednášky z fyziky I. Praha, 2000. ISBN 80-7200-405-0. info
    not specified
  • P. Malý. Optika. Praha, 2008. ISBN 978-80-246-1342-0. info
  • M. Born, E. Wolf. Principles of Optics. Cambridge, 1999. ISBN 0-521-78449-2. info
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
Teacher's information
* 75% attendance in seminars, active participation
* 50% success in written exam, passing an oral exam
The course is also listed under the following terms Winter 2016, Winter 2017, Winter 2018, Winter 2019, Winter 2021, Winter 2022, Winter 2023.
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