Light and Holography Winter 2022

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This course will examine the art and science of holography. It will introduce modern optics at a level appropriate for a non-science major, giving the necessary theoretical background in lectures and discussion. Demonstrations will be presented and students will make several kinds of holograms in the lab. Thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation, we have 7 well-equipped holography darkrooms available for student use. At the beginning of WSP, the class will meet for lecture and discussion three mornings a week and for lab 2 afternoons a week. The later part of the month will be mainly open laboratory time during which students, working in small groups, will conduct an independent project in holography approved by the instructor. Attendance at lectures and laboratory is required. Lectures will be in the morning, labs will be in the afternoon. A detailed schedule will be circulated to students who sign up for this course. Students who cannot attend the required sessions will be advised to select a different course as it is not possible to achieve a passing grade without being able to attend the classes and laboratories.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Grading: pass/fail only
Requirements/Evaluation: attendance at all classes and labs, completion of 4 laboratory exercises, and a holography laboratory project (approved by the instructor); final poster presentation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: preference to students with no physics above Physics 109; then seniors, juniors, sophomores and first-years
Unit Notes: The course will be taught by John Lacy, a postdoctoral Research Fellow in Atomic Physics under Prof. Majumder. John read Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, earning an MSci and MA (Cantab), before gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law from Queen Mary University of London. John worked as a Patent Attorney for a London IP Firm for nearly 2 years before doing a PhD in Quantum Technology from the University of Sussex.
Materials/Lab Fee: $50

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