Illinois ECE 460 Principles of Optical Imaging (Fall 2008)

By Gabriel Popescu

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign



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Fall 2008 Note: A full version of this course with lectures is available at Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging.

Introduction to visible and infrared imaging systems covering fields, optical elements, electronic sensors, and embedded processing systems. Lectures and labs cover active and passive illumination, ranging, holography, polarization, coherence, spectroscopy, and sampling with an emphasis on electronic optomechanical control and data acquisition.

Note: these notes have been posted for early accessibility and will be updated during the Fall Semester of 2008 to include breezed presentations, relevant tools, relevant literature, and homework assignments.

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Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 1: Introduction to Optical Imaging Notes (pdf)
This presentation introduce some basic but fundamental concepts related to optical imaging: Electrical Magnetic Field, Frequency Domain, Measurable Quantities and the Uncertainty Principle. These...

Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 2: A Mathematical Toolbox for Optical Imaging Notes (pdf)
The objective of this presentation is to introduce the students to a set of tools that will be useful throughout the course, among these tools are: Green's Function, Fourier Transforms, Basic...

Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 3: Imaging Notes (pdf)
This chapter presents Geometrical Optics and also Fourier Optics, two important topics that precede Microscopy. Some of the covered concepts are: Fermat's Principle, Snell's Law, Thick and Thin...

Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 4: Microscopy Notes (pdf)
This chapter presents the main concepts and techniques of Microscopy: Resolution, Contrast, Dark Field Microscopy, Schlieren Method, Phase Contrast Microscopy, Quantitative Phase Microscopy and...

Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 5: Light Scattering Notes (pdf)
This chapter covers important topics related to Light Scattering: Simple particles, Rayleigh Scattering, The Born Approximation, Spatial Correlation, Ensemble of Particles, The Transport Equation,...

Illinois ECE 460 Optical Imaging, Chapter 6: Interferometry Notes (pdf)
This chapter explains the principles of interferometry, among its topics are: Superposition of fields, Monochromatic Fields, many type of interferometry, Temporal Coherence, etc.Notes developed by...