The Beam Propagation Method

  • Course Type: Graduate Course
  • Semester Offered: Spring
Course Number: 
OPTI 547
Distance Course: 
Course Description: 
Wave equations for propagation in dielectric media, solutions using the beam propagation method based on spectral (Fourier, Hankel transforms) and finite difference methods, with emphasis on thorough understanding of both the underlying physics and numerical simulation principles. Practical, hands-on approach with applications in various contexts, such as optical waveguides, free-space with optical elements, optical cavities, integrated optics and nonlinear optics. Provides a solid background for those interested in informed and efficient use of commercial simulation packages and a firm “start-from” basis for those interested in numerical modeling in optics in general.
Working knowledge of either Matlab or Mathematica (or a compiled programming language); basic knowledge of electromagnetic theory and Maxwell’s equations, e.g., OPTI 501, OPTI 512R or OPTI 546
Miroslav Kolesik
Course Syllabus: 
Academic Integrity

According to the Arizona Code of Academic Integrity, “Integrity is expected of every student in all academic work. The guiding principle of academic integrity is that a student’s submitted work must be the student’s own.” Unless otherwise noted by the instructor, work for all assignments in this course must be conducted independently by each student. Co-authored work of any kind is unacceptable. Misappropriation of exams before or after they are given will be considered academics misconduct.

Misconduct of any kind will be prosecuted and may result in any or all of the following:

  • Reduction of grade
  • Failing grade
  • Referral to the Dean of Students for consideration of additional penalty, i.e., notation on a student’s transcript re: academic integrity violation, etc.
Students with Learning Disabilities

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The information contained in this syllabus may be subject to change with reasonable advance notice, as deemed appropriate by the instructor.