General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Optics
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Jacek Kubicki
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Physics
Semester 2022/2023 (summer)
Duration 60
USOS code 04-W-OPTI-45


15 weeks: 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of practical exercises per week

Module aim (aims)

Fundamental course in Optics for bachelor level students (30 h of lectures - Jacek Kubicki; 30 hours of practical exercises - Karol Batkiewicz). Lecture will be supported by some experiments presenting discussed subjects.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


  1. Electromagnetic spectrum
  2. Radiometry
  3. Photometry
  4. Geometrical optics
  5. Huygens’ principle
  6. Fermat’s principle
  7. Geometrical optics
    1. Deviation of the ray by the prism
    2. Deviation of the ray by the parallel plate
    3. Fiber optics basics
  8. Polarization of light
  9. Fresnel equations
  10. Optical anisotropy
  11. Laser basics
  12. Image formation
    1. Reflection and refraction at a spherical dielectric surface
    2. Reflection at a spherical metallic surface (mirrors)
    3. Thin spherical lenses
    4. Thick spherical lenses
    5. Spherical aberration, chromatic aberration
  13. Interference and diffraction of light
    1. Coherence of light
    2. Diffraction
    3. Two beam and many beam interference (point source of light)
    4. One slit experiment, double-slit experiment, multiple-slit experiment
    5. Interference in thin dielectric films
  14. Selected application of optics

Reading list

  1. Introduction to Optics, Frank L., Pedrotti S.J., Leno S. Pedrotti, Prentice-Hall International Inc., New York 1993
  2. University Physics Volume 3, access using
  3. Optics, Eugene Hecht, 5th Edition, Pearson, 2016