6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2019 (On-campus)
This unit explores topics in classical wave optics and the interactions between the photon and matter.
Optics: wave propagation and image formation, plane waves, diffraction, propagation, angular spectrum, phase contrast, interferometry, holography, focused fields, Fourier optics.
Atomic physics: Two level atoms, absorption and emission of radiation, transition probabilities and lineshapes laser cooling, dipole force and optical trapping, magnetic trapping of atoms, lasers and coherent light, laser cooling, Bose-Einstein condensation, modulation devices, optical waveguides, fibre optic communications.
On completion of this unit students will be able to:
- Describe and perform calculations associated with fundamental concepts in wave optics.
- Describe concepts and perform calculations in atomic physics.
- Apply numerical modelling to solve problems in wave optics and atomic physics.
- Demonstrate awareness of scientific computing methods and visualization.
- Demonstrate an ability to work in teams and to communicate and discuss physics concepts.
- Approach new problems and find solutions on the basis of general principles, and evaluate the appropriateness of their proposed models or solutions.
NOTE: From 1 July 2019, the duration of all exams is changing to combine reading and writing time. The new exam duration for this unit is 3 hours and 10 minutes.
Examination (3 hours): 50%
In-semester assessment : 50%
The workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours spread across the semester (approximately 12 hours per week) - approximately an even mixture of attendance at scheduled activities and self-scheduled study time. Learning activities comprise a mixture of instructor directed, peer-directed and self-directed learning, which includes face-to-face and online engagement.
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