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OSE5115 - Interference, Diffraction and Coherence

Interference of light, optical interferometry, Fraunhofer and Fresnel scalar diffraction, diffraction gratings, temporal coherence, spatial coherence, and partial coherence.


  • Graduate standing or consent of instructor


  • B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich, “Fundamentals of Photonics”
  • J. W. Goodman, “Introduction to Fourier Optics”
  • A. Papoulis, “Systems and Transforms with Applications in Optics”
  • G. O. Reynolds, J. B. Develis, G. B. Parrent, B. Thompson, “The New Physical Optics Notebook: Tutorials in Fourier Optics”
  • J. W. Goodman, “Statistical Optics”
  • J. D. Gaskill, “Linear Systems, Fourier Transforms, and Optics”


  1. Review of the Fourier transform
  2. Review of electromagnetic, wave propagation, and the plane-wave angular spectrum
  3. Two-beam interference: Mach-Zehnder interferometer, Michelson interferometer, Sagnac interferometer
  4. Double slit-interference
  5. Multiple-beam interference
  6. Rayleigh-Sommerfield diffraction
  7. Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction
  8. Introduction to Fourier optics
  9. Diffraction limited optical imaging
  10. Diffraction Gratings
  11. Introduction to coherence theory
  12. Second-order spatial and temporal coherence
  13. Effect of coherence on optical imaging