Course detail

Engineering Optics

FSI-TIOAcad. year: 2019/2020

The course "Optical Engineering" deals with the aspects of optics and is based on the new trends and recent results in applications of modern optics for solving engineering tasks. The main aim of the subject is focused on the following areas: transmission and evaluation of optical information, elements of special optical
measurement systems, non-destructive measurement techniques, holography, optical correlation and spatial filtering, crystal optics, electro-optical and acousto-optical elements, lasers and their selected applications.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Light trajectory in the gradient environment. Relation between coherent length and spectral width of radiation. Physical principles of laser working. Open propagation and Gaussian pack transformation. Optical anisotropy. Use of the electro-optical and acusto-optical effects. Holographic interferometry. Spectral Interferometry. Coherent optical correlators.


Students are expected to have the following knowledge and skills when they begin the course: the theory of the electromagnetic field, the geometrical optics, the wave optics and the basic methods of the optical measurements.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

SALEH, Bahaa E. A. a Malvin Carl TEICH. Fundamentals of photonics. New York: Wiley, c1991. ISBN 978-047-1839-651. (EN)
HITZ, C. Breck, J. J. EWING a Jeff HECHT. Introduction to laser technology. 4th ed. Hoboken: John Wiley, c2012. ISBN 04-709-1620-6. (EN)
YOUNG, Matt. Optics and lasers: including fibers and optical waveguides. 5th completely rev. and enl. ed. New York: Springer, c2000. ISBN 978-3-540-65741-5. (EN)
LIŠKA, M.: Optické sešity. (Texty k přednáškám.) Brno: VUT 2014/2015.
MALACARA, D., THOMPSON, B. J.: Handbook of optical engineering. New York: MARCEL DEKKER, 2001. 978 p.
RASTOGI, P.K., INAUDI, D.: Trends in optical nondestrucvtive testing and inspection. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2000. 633 p.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures. Teaching is suplemented by practical laboratory work.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Written exam, solution of the selected tasks.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to create a complex overview of the coherent optics. Applications of modern optics: laser interferometry and anemmometry, electro-optical and acusto-optical modulators and deflectors, optical non-destructive testing, optical processing.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Active participation in seminars. Absence will be compensated for by writing an essay on the given topic.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-FIN , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory
    branch M-PMO , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

  • Programme M2I-P Master's

    branch M-VAS , 2. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Light propagation in an inhomogeneous medium. Equation of eiconal.
Guided-wave optics. Waveguide modes.
Fibre optics. (Step-index fibres, graded-index fibres.)
Matrix description of the ray propagation in optics.
Coherent light. Spatial and temporal coherence.
Physical principles of lasers. Optical resonators. Laser systems.
Gaussian beams. Properties. Transmission through optical components.
Laser aplication: Laser interferometry. Anemometry. Line and plain Alignments.
Optical non-destructive testing: Holographic interferometry. Speckle photography. Tomography.
Crystal optics. Jones calculus the polarisation of light. Electro-optics. Acusto-optics.

Laboratory exercise

12 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Coherence length of the He-Ne laser.
Laser interferometer.
Application of lasers.
Laser microinterferometry.
Light polarisation.
Computation using the light.


14 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


Calculation of light path in a graded-index medium.
Ray tracing in the optical system using matrix representation.
Coherence length calculation from the spectral characteristics.
Calculation of the Gaussian pack parameters. Gaussian pack transformation.
Calculation of the electro-optical modulator parameters and acusto-optical deflector of the light.