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SCN1032576, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course First cycle degree in
SC1160, Degree course structure A.Y. 2008/09, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination APPLIED OPTICS
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Physics and Astronomy
Mandatory attendance
Language of instruction Italian
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Teacher in charge MAURO D'ONOFRIO FIS/05

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses FIS/05 Astronomy and Astrophysics 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 3rd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Prerequisites: Basic elements of geometric optics, nature of the em wave, Fourier transforms and complex numbers. It is suggested to have already passed the exams of mathematics and physics of the first two years.
Target skills and knowledge: The goals of this course are: 1) to achieve some basic elements of optics that are necessary for the Lab experiences; 2) to known how to plan and organize an optical experience on the breadboard; 3) to realize the experience and get an idea of the error measurements.

The lectures are organized in 48 h (6 CFU) and are shared in two parts: 20 h of theory and 28 h of Lab. The proposed experiences are: 1) The Michelson interferometer; 2) The Abbe experience; 3) the light diffraction.

The student will learn how to work with a Laser light and how to plan an optical experience.
Examination methods: An oral exam will follow the lectures. It will consist of: 1) a discussion of the results of an executed experience; 2) some questions on the theoretical part. It is foreseen an exercise at the breadboard where some optical components should be mounted.
Assessment criteria: The final evaluation is based on the work done by the student during the whole course as well as on the level of knowledge of the theoretical part. Is is highly appreciated the exposition of a report of the executed experiences.
Course unit contents: Contents are of two types: theory and Lab practice.

The theory concerns the following arguments: Elements of interferometry, wave superposition, light diffraction, gratings, optical design of telescopes and spectrographs, elements of spectroscopy, theory of imaging, optical filters, the PSF, the Laser.

The Lab part is done by: Measurements of the wavelength of a Laser, measurement of the refraction index of a prism, the construction of a spectrograph, the Abbe theory of image formation, the optical filters, the light diffraction from various slits.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Half of the lectures are in classroom (i.e. frontal lectures) and half are in the Lab.
The student will proceed by trial and error until he will reach a good manual skill in the Lab.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Students will have the dfa.unipd Moodle platform at disposal where they can find all the texts of the lectures and all the material for they studies. The website includes also all the information about the material used in the Lab.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • D'Onofrio Mauro, Elementi di Ottica per Astronomi. Padova: CLEUP, 2012. Cerca nel catalogo