Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

6.161 - Modern Optics Laboratory
Fall Term 2017


6.161 offers an introduction to laboratory optics, optical principles and optical systems and devices. This course covers a wide range of topics, including:

Polarization, Geometric Optics, Interference, Diffraction, Holography, Light-Modulation (Electro-optics, Acousto-optics, MEMs), Detectors, Lasers, Fiber Optics, Fourier Optics and more...

Lectures are suplemented with weekly laboratory exercises, problem sets and a final laboratory project of the student's choosing. There is no final exam.


Room 34-304, TR 2:30-4:00pm


The prerequisite is 6.003. Exceptions can be made by the Lecturer


Feel free to contact either the lecturer, Prof. Cardinal Warde for more information (MIT students only please).

Lecturer: Prof. Cardinal Warde
Room 13-3102
Extension 3-6858
Laboratory Instructor: Christos Samolis
Room 13-3102
Extension 3-4623
Writing Coordinator: Juergen Schoenstein
Room E39-377

Course Secretary:

Josephina Lee

Optics lab: Room 38-633
Phone: x3-4619
  (Note: We share the lab phone with 6.115, 6.003, and 6.002)


This page has been created and maintained for 6.161, the Modern Optics Project Laboratory by David Dunmeyer and Prof. Cardinal Warde. Permission of the authors for duplication or other use of this website's content is required and must include the original copyright. © 2005 Prof. Cardinal Warde, David Dunmeyer