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					Waves, Light & Quanta
      Tim Freegarde




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Waves, Light & Quanta

                         Fermat’s principle and Snell’s law
      RAYS AND IMAGES    mirrors, lenses and telescopes
                         propagation matrices

                         prisms, rainbows and dispersion
      WAVELENGTH AND
                         polarization, birefringence and polarizers
       POLARIZATION
                         polarization propagation matrices

                         amplitudes and interference
     WAVE PHENOMENA      Huygens construction and diffraction
                         slits, gratings and interferometers

                         spectra and spectrometers
      SUPERPOSITIONS
                         beats and coherence

                         photons: energy and momentum
     QUANTA AND WAVE-
                         electrons: diffraction and tunnelling
      PARTICLE DUALITY
                         wavepackets and uncertainty



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Waves, Light & Quanta


                        two a week for 10 weeks or so
        LECTURES
                        guided reading

                        once a week – 9-11 Weds
         CLASSES
                        worked exercises then workshop

                        ten exercise sheets, two questions each
      COURSEWORK                                                                  20%
                        hand in to School office (Friday noon)

                        a: 5 short questions
      EXAMINATION                                                                 80%
                        b: 2 longer questions


    • summary notes if material not in textbooks
    • www.phys.soton.ac.uk/quantum/phys1011.php




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Books and resources


 You should expect to refer to:

  • lectures, University Physics, course material and your own lecture notes
  • textbooks - some suggestions:

      Hecht                  Optics                                      good: right level and comprehensive
      Pedrotti & Pedrotti    Introduction to Optics                      pretty good, but somewhat terse
      Smith, King & Wilkins Optics and Photonics                         pretty good, but slightly too advanced
      Feynman                Lectures in Physics                         excellent – put on your Christmas list!

  • exercises and classes, lecturer, demonstrators and tutors
  • for handouts, links and other material, see
    http://www.phys.soton.ac.uk/quantum/phys1011.php




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