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Optical Construction

  • Number of credits 7.5 credits
  • Level Master’s level
  • Starting Autumn Term 2022

About the course

The aim of the course is to provide knowledge about optical systems and the imaging process in such. The course begins by introducing the paraxial formalism for thin and thick lenses. Since no optical system is perfect, a major part of the course treats how much various systems deviate from ideal ones, i.e. their aberrations, both chromatic and monochromatic. To treat aberrations, general ray tracing equations are derived. Based on these, general expressions for all basic types of aberrations are derived, which then are used for assessing both their origin and occurrence in different types of systems. The course then develops methods and strategies for optimizing optical systems for minimal aberrations or how systems can be designed so their images are free of certain types of aberrations. The course also deals with the impact of diffraction on image quality. It includes both laboratory exercises and design and analysis of optical system on a computer by a ray tracing program.

Application and eligibility

Optical Construction, 7.5 credits

Det finns inga tidigare terminer för kursen Autumn Term 2022 Det finns inga senare terminer för kursen

The information below is only for exchange students


1 November 2022


15 January 2023

Study location




Type of studies

Daytime, 50%

Required Knowledge

90 credits including Waves and Optics or equivalent. Swedish for basic eligibility for higher education programmes and English A/5. Requirements for Swedish only apply if the course is held in Swedish.


Students applying for courses within a double degree exchange agreement, within the departments own agreements will be given first priority. Then will - in turn - candidates within the departments own agreements, faculty agreements, central exchange agreements and other departmental agreements be selected.

Application code



This application round is only intended for nominated exchange students. Information about deadlines can be found in the e-mail instruction that nominated students receive. The application period is closed.

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Course is given by
The Department of Physics
Contactperson for the course is:
Ove Axner