Optics Laboratory

Course Information
TitleΕΡΓΑΣΤΗΡΙΟ ΟΠΤΙΚΗΣ / Optics Laboratory
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorIoannis Arvanitidis
Course ID40002890

Programme of Study: UPS of School of Physics (2012-today)

Registered students: 184
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
CoreCompulsory Course424

Class Information
Academic Year2019 – 2020
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Instructors from Other Categories
Weekly Hours2
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Background
  • General Knowledge
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Required Courses
  • ΓΘΥ501 Introductory Physics Laboratory
Learning Outcomes
At experimental level, it is attempted firstly to quantify the experimental results and secondly to understand the underlying physical phenomena at selected areas of geometric - and physical - optics. • Do experimental work at first stage and couple it with theory. • Relate theory with corresponding experimental results. • To practice in the analysis and interpretation of experimental data. • Learn to study experimental phenomena integrated and not fragmented.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Module 1: Interference Phenomena (Experiment 4 hours) Iinterference from nearly monochromatic– (Laser) and pseudomonochromatic– (spectral lamps Na, Hg, He, etc.) and natural light–sources (incandescent lamps) by using specific interferometry setups (Lloyd, Newton, Michelson - theory of partial coherence of light) Module 2: Diffraction Phenomena (Experiment 4 hours) Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction from monochromatic and natural light sources with various diaphragms, (circular and rectangular apertures, single and multiple slits, gratings) using various diffractometry setups. Determination of the spectral lines wavelength by using grating diffractometers. Module 3: Polarization Phenomena (Experiment 4 hours) Production, analysis and detection of various states of polarization (linear- , circular- , elliptic - polarized light) and their application to the phenomena of reflection and refraction. A large part of the experiments is dedicated to crystal optics and specifically to the phenomena of double refraction of light, with the help of Iceland spar. Section 4: Geometrical Optics (Experiment 4 hours) Are studied the basic laws of geometrical optics (rectilinear propagation, reflection, refraction) as key applications and function in lens present in various optical systems (optical diopter, prisms , thin -, thick -, converging- and diverging - lens systems, aberrations) Module 5: Dispersion - Absorption: (Experiment 4 hours) It is studied the phenomenon of light dispersion by prism (via spectroscopic setups) and its interpretation on the bases of the refractive index atomic model as well as the effect of the thickness (Beer's law) and spectral distribution of incident beam on the absorption spectrum.
Interference, Diffraction, Polarization, Geometrical Optics, Imaging, Dispersion, Absorption
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Slide presentations
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
• Automatic experimental data acquisition by interfacing detectors and Pc's. • Graphical presentation of experimental data by using commercial software packages e.g. Origin, Excel, Mathematica. • Fitting experimental results with appropriate theoretical expressions using Origin, Excel, Mathematica.
Course Organization
Laboratory Work782.6
Written assigments391.3
Student Assessment
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Multiple Choice Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Formative, Summative)
  • Written Assignment (Formative, Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
  • Report (Formative, Summative)
  • Labortatory Assignment (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Εργαστηριακά Θέματα Οπτικής. Κωδικός Βιβλίου στον Εύδοξο: 22768467 Αγγελακέρης Μαυροειδής, Αρβανιτίδης Ιωάννης, Βανίδης Ευάγγελος, Βες Σωτήριος, Βίγκα Ελένη, Βουρουτζής Νικόλαος, Γιώτη Μαρία, Κατσικίνη Μαρία
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