Department of Physics and Astronomy


750:305 Modern Optics (3 credits), FALL 2017


Professor:           Sang-Hyuk Lee

                            Office Location: Center for Integrative Proteomics Research (CIPR) 308A

                            Office Phone: (848) 445 5286



Teaching Assistants: TBA


Class Timings: TBA

Class Location: TBA


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Course Description: Understanding the fundamental principles of optics from the electromagnetic field theory, and their application to various phenomena and topics in modern optics


TEXTBOOK (required for this course)

E. Hecht, Optics: 5th Edition, Pearson Education (2016).



J. D. Jackson, Classical Electrodynamics, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., (1998).


M. Born and E. Wolf, Principles of Optics: Electromagnetic Theory, 7th Ed (1999).


G. R. Fowles, Introduction to Modern Optics, 2nd Ed (1989).


J. Goodman, Introduction to Fourier Optics, 3rd Ed (2004).

Arfken and Weber, Mathematical Methods for Physicists, Academic Press



It is assumed that you have had at least one year of college physics, such as General Physics 203-204 or Analytical Physics 227-228. You should be familiar with Newton's Laws, electric and magnetic fields and Maxwell"s equations (at least in integral form), elementary quantum mechanics and atomic structure, and the properties of a harmonic oscillator.


It is also assumed that you have had at least 3 semesters of calculus and know, for example, how to differentiate and integrate (multivariable) trigonometric and exponential functions, and know about partial derivatives.



Class participation and attendance are absolutely important. The attendance will be checked in the middle of each class. Three unexcused absences or five absences for every reason (excused + unexcused) will result in failing the course. On the other hand, students with 100% attendance will get +3 bonus points at the end.



Homework problems will be assigned, collected, and graded on a regular basis (almost weekly) during the semester. All homework and the deadlines will be posted on the Sakai course webpage (please contact Prof. Sang-Hyuk Lee or TA as soon as possible if you cannot access the Sakai course webpage!). Students are requested to turn in their homework assignments in-class (and not by email or using Sakai, unless specifically instructed otherwise).



There will be a midterm exam, and a final exam. The tentative exam dates are to be announced later. The course grade will be determined as follows:


         Homework:                            30%

         Midterm exam:                       30%

         Final exam:                   40% 



Students are expected to familiarize themselves with and adhere to the University policy on academic integrity at:

It is understood that a studentŐs name on any individual homework assignment, quiz, or exam indicates that he/she neither gave nor received unauthorized aid. On individual homework assignments, authorized aid includes discussing: 1) interpretation of the problem statement, 2) concepts involved in the problem, 3) approaches for solving the problem. Anything beyond this constitutes unauthorized aid and violates the academic integrity policy.

A studentŐs name on a group assignment indicates that he/she contributed to the assignment.

Quizzes and exams are tests of individual performance. The student is not permitted to obtain assistance from any other person (or persons) during quizzes or exams. The student must adhere strictly to the instructions provided by the professor regarding what is permissible to be used during the exam. Use of computers, laptops, and cell phones is PROHIBITED during exams.

Disciplinary actions for academic misconduct will be in accord with the University policy on academic integrity.



All course material posted on the Sakai course website is copyrighted and may not be posted on any other web site at or outside of Rutgers without permission from the course instructor. Noncompliance with this policy will be treated as a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for action.



Please refer to the following link for information and department policies.



The course will follow closely the contents of the required textbook by Hecht. Most of the chapters will be covered. Required reading of chapters from the textbook will be indicated in the course outline. Lecture note will be available to the students as pdf files on the Sakai web site. Students are required to complete reading assignments prior to attending the lecture to keep up with the class!