Optics is the 'enabling technology' of the 21st century. To design optical systems, to specify and test optical components, to integrate optical components into products, requires knowledge and skills that can be learned in this Course on Modern Optics for Optical Designers (CMOP).

Over the years the CMOP course has become one of the most comprehensive optical courses in Western Europe, unique in its concept, covering the theoretical basics, practical optical system design and a broad overview of optical applications.

The Course on Modern Optics for Optical Designers is composed of two parts. Part 1 discusses the basics of optics and a number of applications. Part 2 discusses optical system design.


After completion of both parts of the course, the participant will have a thorough knowledge of modern optical concepts, their applications and the design of optical systems, the engineering problems and solutions.

Intended for

The course is intended for optical designers working in research and development of optical systems. Educational level should be technical university (MSc in physics, electronics, mechanics). Prerequisite: basic knowledge of optics and practical experience in optical systems.
For Part 2 is required that the knowledge, discussed in Part 1, is available. If Part 1 has not been attended, contact High Tech Institute.

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Duration 15 weekly half days
Price per participant € 4,215 excl. VAT *
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Part 2

System design (15 lessons):

  • Paraxial optics;
  • Geometrical optics;
  • Imaging systems;
  • Exercises, Q&A;
  • Optical design with Zemax;
  • Lens design;
  • Optical engineering;
  • Optical detection;
  • Illumination for optical detection;
  • Non-imaging optics;
  • Measuring and testing.

Tour and closing session.

The length of each Part of the CMOP course is 15 half days from 9:00 AM till 12:00 AM in a period of 25 weeks. Study load excluding class sessions: homework 6 - 8 hours a week.


Lectures, self-study, individual assessments, group assignments, tour.

Course material: course notes and books.


This course is certified by the European society for precision engineering & nanotechnology (euspen) and the Dutch Society for Precision Engineering (DSPE) and leads to the ECP2-certificate if results are sufficient.

Euspen ECP2 certification
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Remarks from participants

“Most important items I’ve learned: Thorough build-up of geometrical optics, different application aspects, Zemax experience real experts.”

Nikolaos Sotiropoulos – ASML

“The course provides a good balance between theory and applications. Lecturers are also experts in their field which make them very valuable teachers for us engineers. There is an open atmosphere in the course with enough time for questions and discussions.”

Pieter de Buck – ASML

“Great course, good diversity and properly distributed over the various topics.”

Joris de Graaf – Sioux

“Brilliant and very instructive course! Assignments fitted well with the course material. I greatly benefitted from the course learnings in my current role.”

Pieter Smid – ASML Netherlands B.V.