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Course: Crystal Optics

Department/Abbreviation: OPT/OK

Year: 2020

Guarantee: 'prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Bouchal, Dr.'

Annotation: Description, classification and use of anisotropic materials, propagation of light in uniaxial and biaxial crystals

Course review:
1. Description, classification and applications of anisotropic materials, propagation of light in uniaxial and biaxial crystals. 2. Principle of operation, matrix description and realization of phase plates. 3. Passage of light through half- and quarter-wave plates, their practical usage. 4. Ideal polarizer and its realization, matrix description of the passage of light through a system of birefringent elements. 5. Polarization filters, principle of operation, mathematical description and applications of Šolc and Lyot filters. 6. Description, properties and applications of gyrotropic media. 7. Electro-optical effects and their applications. 8. Description of Pockels electro-optical effect in KDP and LiNbO3 crystals. 9. Principle and description of electro-optical amplitude and phase modulation of light. 10. Electro-optical frequency modulation, principle of pulse compression. 11. Principle and realization of electro-optical deflection of laser beams, electro-optical effect in liquid crystals, spatial light modulators and their applications. 12. Simulation of polarization elements and systems in Oslo Premium and VirtualLab.