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Course overview

People who don’t have to design (specify, test, ...) optical systems but are working in projects together with optical designers and want to know more about optical principles, will benefit from this application-oriented course.


€ 2.650,00 excl. VAT


16 day parts


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05-02-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
19-02-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
12-03-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
26-03-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
09-04-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
16-04-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
07-05-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00
21-05-2019 | 13:00 - 20:00


TNO Delft


Tel. +31 85 401 3600


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vIntended for

People with a non-optical background (e.g. electronics, mechanics, chemistry), who work in projects involving optics and want to increase their level of understanding of optical principles and applications. Technical college/university level.


Waves (6 hrs)

Vibrations. Waves. Wave packets. Plane waves. Spherical waves. Electromagnetic waves. Polarization. Materials. Refractive index. Absorption. Dispersion. Reflection and refraction at a boundary. Wave optics vs. geometrical optics.

Geometrical optics (15 hrs)

Snell’s law. Ray tracing. Mirrors, prisms, lenses. Lens systems. Principal planes. Focal points. Magnification, Lagrange’s invariant. Microscopes, telescopes. Optical detection principles. Aberrations (Seidel, chromatic). Correction of aberrations, lens design. Ambient factors (air pressure, CO2, H2O). Optical engineering. Optical practicum. Excursion.

Interferometry (3 hrs)

Superposition, interference, standing waves. Interferometers. Space and time coherence. Applications of interferometry.

Diffraction (3 hrs)

Principle of Huygens Fresnel. Diffraction patterns. Imaging in coherent light, Fourier optics. Incoherent imaging, modulation transfer. Depth of focus, phase masking. Diffraction theory of aberrations.

Polarization (3 hrs)

Anisotropic materials, birefringence. Wave plates, polarizers, beam splitters.

Optical measuring methods (3 hrs)

Optical shop testing methods. Shock-Hart­mann wave front sensing. interferometry applications.

Illumination (3 hrs)

The physics of light sources. Conventional sources (Hg, Xe). Lasers. Laser types (HeNe, CO2, ruby, YAG etc.). Safety issues. LEDs technology and characteristics.

Illumination applications (3 hrs)

Vision systems, appliances. Illumination in optical systems. Optical detection techniques.

Optics at ASML (5 hrs)


Lectures, home assignments, excursion, hands-on. Course material: course notes, book. Award: certificate in case home work results are sufficient.


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