892003 Principles of optics and applications in materials science

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hinterstoisser, Barbara
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction


electromagnetc field
Geometric optics:
reflection and optical diffraction
real and virtual image,
lens systems and mirrors
imaging optical systems and instruments (eye, camera, telescope,microscope, etc.)
physical optics:
interference, diffraction at a grid and slit
light polarisation
absorption, dispersion and scattering
particle-wave duality
radiant energy and electromagnetic spectrum
radiation law
measurement of radiation and units
emission and absorption of light
fluorescence and phosphorescence
emission and absorption of light in biological systems
optical activity
UV-vis spectroscopy
molecular spectra
Infrared spectroscopy
Raman spectroscopy

Previous knowledge expected

basic knowledge in physics and chemistry

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Students have a basic knowledge of optics and optical phenomenons, they know about the nature of light and the mode of operation of the most common optical instruments, they can explain effects of absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation, they have the ability to understand the optical phenomenons on macroscopic and moelcular level and are able to apply their knowledge for analytical and measurment-technological questions
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