UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ELEC5507 Optical Engineering, Photonics and Biomedical Imaging Systems

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit examines optical engineering and its application to imaging systems. Students explore the fundamentals of optical engineering, learning to solve problems in geometrical and wave optics. Students apply these principles to the design and implementation of elementary optical image forming systems before applying the same principles to complex optical image forming systems. Students are able to determine the spatial and axial spatial resolving power of such optical systems based upon lens numerical aperture, central wavelength of illuminating light and for both coherent and incoherent optical systems. In a case study, students gain detailed understanding of parameters required to assess biomedical optical imaging systems, enabling them to compare and contrast biomedical optical imaging systems in application-specific roles.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) apply optical engineering fundamentals to solve problems in geometrical and wave optics; (2) design and implement elementary optical imaging systems comprising paraxial beams and lenses; (3) compare and contrast optical sources, detectors and fibres for application in photonics systems; (4) assess and critique optical imaging systems using specific imaging parameters, such as resolution, contrast and sensitivity; and (5) critically analyse imaging systems for specific applications in the biomedical field.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) laboratory sessions; and (3) tests and a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Brendan Kennedy
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Electrical and Electronic Engineering specialisation) or the Master of Physical Science (Physics specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: ELEC3303 Electromagnetic Theory
Advisable prior study: ENSC3014 Electronic Materials and Devices, ENSC3015 Signals and Systems
Contact hours lectures: 36 hours; tutorials: 12 hours; labs: 6 hours

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