Review Comment

[ELEN E4411] Fundamentals of Photonics

February 22, 2009

Osgood, Richard
[ELEN E4411] Fundamentals of Photonics

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This class was a good introduction to optics and photonics. Professor Osgood knows a lot about optics since it is his field of research but glosses over details in class, trying just to convey the big picture. He never derives or proves anything, rather he just chats about the material and the significance of this and that. He absolutely LOVES when people ask him questions during class.

The homework is from the book, mostly, and pretty easy with a few exceptions, when they are poorly selected problems or ones that the Professor himself has composed.

Mathematical and scientific prerequisites for this course are virtually non-existant, it is neither very mathematical nor very physic-y so don't worry if you haven't taken too much of either. You can learn everything you need to know from the book. This should be your first class if you want to do anything with optics in EE.

The hardest part about this class was staying alert for 2.5 hours in the early morning. Otherwise, you will learn a lot about ray optics, a bit of electromagnetic optics, photonics and modern lasers. It will enable you to understand the main areas of optical research and the basic fundamentals of the field.

Workload:

One problem set every week which takes around 3 hours to do. There are two tests which are both extremely easy compared to the homework. He doesn't allow calculators on the test, but expects numerical answers, so be prepared to do lots of long division!

November 20, 2006

Misewich, James
[ELEN E4411] Fundamentals of Photonics

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Seems rather jolly when lecturing the class.

Is not at all jolly when speaking to individuals.

Does not have office hours except 'right after class'. Occasionally ignores e-mails.

Homework assignments are related to lecture, although they tend to be more in depth. Exams are open-book/open-notes, and are reasonable.

Term paper "is fun!" Take this remark with many grains of salt.

Warning: Here there be monsters.

Directory Data

Dept/Subj Directory Course Professor Year Semester Time Section
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics Dirk Englund 2012 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics Dirk Englund 2010 Fall TR / 4:10- 5:25 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics Richard Osgood 2009 Fall T / 8:30-11:00 AM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics Richard Osgood 2008 Fall T / 8:30-11:00 AM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2007 Fall M / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2006 Fall M / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2004 Fall W / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2003 Fall W / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2002 Fall M / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1
ELEN / ELEN ELEN ELEN E4411: Fundamentals of Photonics James Misewich 2001 Fall T / 4:10- 6:40 PM 1