First Order Layout and Geometrical Optics Course

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First Order Layout and Geometrical Optics Course

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (1 hour lunch break from 12-1)
Venue: Hampton Inn & Suites, Boulder-North, 6333 Lookout Road, Boulder, CO 80301
Presented by: CPIA
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Class Content

The one-day course starts by providing the necessary background and theory of first-order optical design followed by numerous examples of optical systems illustrating the design process.  The course also teaches the methods and techniques of arriving at the first-order layout of an optical system by a process which determines the required components and their locations. This process will produce an image of the right size, in the right location.  Special emphasis will be placed on understanding the practical aspects of optical systems design. Optical system imagery can readily be calculated using the Gaussian cardinal points or by paraxial ray tracing. These principles are extended to the layout and analysis of multi-component systems. This course includes topics, such as imaging with thin lenses and systems of thin lenses, stops and pupils, and afocal systems.  Examples include cameras, microscopes, telescopes and beam expanders.

The Instructor

First Order Layout and Geometrical Optics will be taught by Julie Bentley, an associate professor at The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester. Julie has been teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in geometrical optics, optical design and product design for more than 15 years. She received her BS, MS, and PhD in Optics from the The Institute of Optics, University of Rochester.

Members/ Nonmembers/ Students – $295/ $320/ $95