SK3330 Optical Design 6.0 credits

Optisk design

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

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 and develop 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 in accordance with customer specifications.
  • Apply different approaches and methods of optical design.
  • Present material relating to optical design in an organized way.

Course main content

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


Admitted to PhD studies in Physics, Biological Physics, or related fields of study.

Recommended prerequisites

Optical physics SK2300 or comparable. 


To be posted on course homepage at least one month before the course starts.


Requirements for final grade

Written examination (TEN1; 4,0 hp, grading scale P/F). Two laborations, five computer exercises, and one home task must be completed (LAB1; 2,0 hp, grading scale P/F).

Gradefor the entire courserequirespassing gradeon all parts.

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Anna Burvall (


Anna Burvall <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2014.