Compulsory

Physics IV (Optics-Waves)

CODE
ΓΘΥ204
SEMESTER
3
HOURS per WEEK
5
ECTS CREDITS
8  (Erasmus+ course)
INSTRUCTORS

Mavroeidis Angelakeris

Ioannis Arvanitidis

Maria Katsikini

Nikolaos Vouroutzis

Maria Gioti

Konstantinos Vyrsokinos

• Elastic waves: Principles of wave motion, derivation of wave equation, har-monic waves.
• Elastic waves: Mechanical waves, wave energy, exercises.
• Propagation of elastic waves: Wave Superposition, phase and group veloci-ty.
• Propagation of elastic waves: Standing waves, beats, normal modes, exer-cises.
• Sound Waves: Creation of sound waves, perception of sound waves, applica-tions, exercises.
• The wave nature and the propagation of light: The wave equation of elec-tromagnetic waves, Electromagnetic waves in vacuum, Huygens principle, the laws of reflection and refraction, exercises.
• Dispersion: Origin of dispersion, equation of dispersion, dispersion of light, exercises.
• Geometric Optics: Introduction remarks, mirrors, thin lenses, prisms.
• Polarization of light: The nature of polarized light, production and detection of polarized light, polarization in nature, applications, exercises.
• Polarization of light: Definitions, representations and properties of linear, circular, and elliptical polarized light, natural light, exercises.
• Interference and coherence of light: Spatial and temporal coherence, inter-ferometers (wavefront-, amplitude-splitting), coherent sources.
• Interference and coherence of light: Basic interferometers, dielectric films, applications, exercises..
• Diffraction of light: Preliminary considerations, Fraunhofer and Fresnel dif-fraction. Single slit diffraction, exercises.
• Diffraction of light: Diffraction from typical apertures with high symmetry (rectangular - , circular- obstacles, grating), diffraction from many slits, spa-tial– and spectral– resolving power applications, exercises.

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