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Spring 2007-2008
* ELE 102 / EGR 103 (ST)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

New Eyes for the World: Hands-On Optical Engineering

Claire F. Gmachl

This hands-on lab course introduces students to several modern topics of engineering optics. Teams of students will choose and carry out four different projects: (i) holography, (ii) lasers (iii) free-space optical communication, and/or (iv) nanotechnology. The course teaches the foundations and broader societal issues of these technologies. The laboratory sessions involve hands-on instructional training, as well as individual experimentation and exploration. Skills acquired in this course include computer programming of user interfaces, data acquisition and interpretation, wet chemical processing, and electronics design assembly.

Sample reading list:,
Lisa K. Wells and Jeffrey Travis, LabView for Everyone: Graphical Programming Made Even Easier,
Caroline Seydel, Quantum Dots Get Wet, Science, V. 300, issue 5616, 2003.

Reading/Writing assignments:
Laboratory notebook

Final Exam - 35%
Lab Reports - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 40%

Other Requirements:
Open to Freshmen and Sophomores Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None. Participation of non-science/engineering and interdisciplinary students is strongly encouraged..

Other information:
Teams consist of up to four students.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42229 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T   Friend Center   008   Enrolled:29 Limit:46
42230 B01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm M   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F116   Enrolled:9 Limit:16
42231 B02 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F116   Enrolled:5 Limit:15
42232 B03 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm F   Engineering Quad F-Wing   F116   Enrolled:15 Limit:18