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Course overview

People who don't have to design (specify, test, ...) optical systems but are working in projects with optics together with optical designers and want to know more about optical principles, will benefit from this application-oriented course.  By learning the ‘optical language’ and understanding the principles of optical systems, non-optical engineers are able to collaborate more effectively with their optical expert team members. This makes the whole system engineering team more successful.

Read the interview with lecturer Jean Schleipen: 
'Applied optics training shifts focus to demos and experiments'.

We offer this course in:
- Delft, the Netherlands (8 afternoon + evening sessions);
- Eindhoven, the Netherlands (15 afternoon sessions).


€ 2.775,00 excl. VAT


15 afternoon sessions




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Expected October 2020

Next editions


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Tel. +31 85 401 3600

vIntended for

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


  • An introduction to light;
  • Electromagnetic waves;
  • Geometrical optics and ray tracing;
  • Optical aberrations and system design;
  • Diffraction;
  • Interference;
  • Polarisation and Birefringence;
  • Optical systems;
  • Light-matter interaction;
  • Light sources and detectors;
  • Tour to a small design and manufacturing company of mechanical and optical components during this Eindhoven edition;
  • Optical measurement and testing;
  • Illumination for optical inspection;
  • Optical lithography (2 lessons).

The lessons include many demonstrations and are intermixed with hands-on sessions, as:

  • Determination of refractive index of perspex and water using critical angle and Brewster angle;
  • Total internal reflection;
  • Gaussian imaging optics;
  • Optical aberrations;
  • Laser beam diffraction and interference;
  • The diffraction grating;
  • Polarisation;
  • Measuring optical activity of sugar solution;
  • The spectrometer;
  • Spectroscopy.

The 5 hands-on sessions take 4 hours, the other sessions take 3 hours.
Study load excluding the class sessions: 3 hours a week.


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


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