Optical Engineering Principles


The course will expose the student to the practical technical information on design of optical systems. The field of optical engineering is exponentially growing, with applications in autonomous vehicles, augmented reality (AR), cell-phone cameras, and more. The emphasis of the course is on common optical devices, used in various systems.


1. Introduction to optical engineering: applications, geometric optics, wave optics.
2. Image formation with lenses: lenses, type of lenses, paraxial region, system of separated components.
3. Prisms and mirrors: reflection from a plane surface, right angle prism, roof prism, inversion prisms, penta prosm, beam splitter, the design of prism and reflector systems.
4. Stops and apertures: the apertures stop and pupils, the field stop, Vignetting, baffles, cold stops, depth of focus, resolution of optical systems.
5. Optical materials and interference coatings: optical glass, crystalline materials, absorption filters, neutral density filters, reflectors, reticles.
6. Polarization devices: polarizing materials, half- and quarter-wave plates, polarizers.
7. Basic optical instruments: telescope, microscope, anamorphic systems, variable zoom system.
8. Design of optical systems I: the symmetrical principle, achromatic telescope objectives, generalized design technique
9. Design of optical systems II: microscope objectives, condenser and reflecting systems, estimation of blur size.

Learning Outcomes

See Abstract


1. Smith W. J., Modern optical engineering, (3rd edition, McGraw-Hill, 2000)
2. Bahaa E. A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, (John Wiley & Sons, 1991)

External Evaluator

1. Dr. Boris Apter, Faculty of Engineering, HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel apter@hit.ac.il
2. Prof. Zeev Zalevsky, Faculty of Engineering, Bar Ilan University, Israel
zalevsz at biu.ac.il

Responsible Academic

Dr. Amir Handelman, Faculty of Engineering,
HIT Holon Institute of Technology, Holon, Israel
Email: handelmana@hit.ac.il

Awarded ECTS