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Overview

Optical instruments are how we see the world, from corrective eyewear to medical endoscopes to cell phone cameras to orbiting telescopes. 

This Optical Engineering offered by Coursera in partnership with University of Colorado Boulder will teach you how to design such optical systems with simple graphical techniques, then transform those pencil and paper designs to include real optical components including lenses, diffraction gratings and prisms. 

You will learn how to enter these designs into an industry-standard design tool, OpticStudio by Zemax, to analyze and improve performance with powerful automatic optimization methods.

What you will learn

  • Specify an optical system and potential solutions to meet those specs
  • Transform layouts into optical designs including real optical components
  • Analyze you designs in an industry standard optical design code, OpticStudio by Zemax, to validate and optimize the design

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • First Order Optical System Design
  • Optical Efficiency and Resolution
  • Design of High-Performance Optical Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Advanced Level

  • Some undergraduate math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Tuition Fee

When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. This specialization is part of a full degree program. All of the courses feature an open component, meaning you can experience the course before committing to the degree.

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Funding

Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project.

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