SK2330 Optical Systems Design 6.0 credits

Optisk design

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

Geometrical optics, aberration theory, evaluation of optical systems, ray-tracing using commercial software, methods of optical design

Intended learning outcomes *

After completing this course, the students should be able to

  • Apply geometrical optics methods, such as lens formulas, graphical methods and ray-tracing, to analyze optical systems.
  • Identify and calculate third-order Seidel and first-order chromatic aberrations, and apply standard design methods to minimize these aberrations.
  • Describe tools (for example MTF, PDF, spot diagrams, or lists of aberration coefficients) for system evaluation, and apply these tools to judge the suitability of an optical system for a specific task.
  • Use ray-tracing software to analyze and optimize optical systems.
  • Discuss different approaches and methods of optical design.

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

For external students the following are required: 120 credits within natural sciences and engineering or corresponding knowledge and documented proficiency in English B or corresponding knowledge.

Recommended previous knowledge:
Optical physics SK2300, or comparable knowledge.

Recommended prerequisites

Optical physics SK2300, or comparable knowledge.


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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination *

  • LABA - Laboratoy Work, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written examination (TEN1; 4,0 hp, grading scale A-F) determines the grade. One laboration and five computer exercises must be completed (LAB1; 2,0 hp, grading scale P/F).

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Anna Burvall

Further information

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SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Main field of study *

Engineering Physics, Physics

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Supplementary information

The course is given in LP2, even years (2014, 2016, ...)