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Available Courses

The following are courses taught by biomedical photonics faculty as well as courses with material related to biomedical photonics:

  Undergraduate Courses

BME 4100. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine: Fundamentals of lasers, light-tissue interaction, problem-based design of optical instrumentation. Applications in laser surgery, disease detection, and surgical guidance. Includes hands-on experiences. Prerequisite: PHYS 1602. FALL.

BME 4100L. Biomedical Optics Lab: Practical experience in basics of operating
lasers, using optics, fiberoptics and interferometry. Computer-aided design of optical system and computer simulations of light tissue interaction. Application of optical concepts to biomedical problems. Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. Corequisite: BME 285. Alternating FALL and SPRING.

EECE 4353. Image Processing: Theory of signals and systems is extended to two dimensions. Filtering, 2-D FFTs, edge detection, and image enhancement. Three lectures and one laboratory period. FALL.

PHYS 2210. Classical and Modern Optics: Geometrical optics: reflection, refraction, ray tracing, aberrations, interference. Physical optics: wave theory, absorption, dispersion, diffraction, polarization. Properties of light from lasers and synchrotron sources; photodetectors; optical technology.

PHYS 2250. Concepts and Applications of Quantum Physics: A survey of modern physics and applications based on elementary quantum mechanics: atomic and molecular structure, interaction of light with atoms and molecules, spectroscopy. One three-hour laboratory per week.

  Graduate Courses

BME 7110. Laser-Tissue Interaction and Therapeutic Use of Lasers: Optical and thermal aspects and models of the interaction between laser/light and biological tissue as it is used for therapeutic applications in medicine and biology. Issues and objectives in therapeutic and surgical applications of lasers, overview of state-of-the-art topics and current research. FALL.

BME 7120. Optical Diagnosis: Principles and Application: Applications of light and tissue optical properties for the diagnosis of tissue pathology. Basic scientific and engineering principles for developing techniques and devices that use light to probe cells and tissues. Recent applications of different optical diagnostic techniques. SPRING.

BME 8903 (106886). Special Topics: Optical Microscopy and Imaging: Fundamentals of optical imaging and microscopy and the latest developments in biological optical imaging. Basic overview of optical and fluorescence imaging with an emphasis on instrumentation. Focus on advanced imaging techniques including nonlinear optical microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and emerging imaging methods. Special emphasis will be given to recent literature regarding imaging and experimental design. SPRING.

EECE 4288. Optoelectronics: Fundamentals and applications of light generation, propagation, and modulation in passive and active optoelectronic components. Waveguides, lasers, electro-optic modulators, and emerging optoelectronic technology for optical communication, computing, and sensing applications.

EECE 6357 (107066). Advanced Image Processing: Techniques of image processing. Topics include image formation, digitization, linear shift-invariant processing, feature detection, and motion. Prerequisite: MATH 2300; programming experience. FALL.

PHYS 8150. Electromagnetic Spectroscopy: Interaction of electromagnetic radiation with matter as a function of photon energy and flux. Mechanisms of absorption, emission, and scattering of light within the visible, infrared, ultraviolet, and x-ray wavelength regimes. Experimental and computational techniques and instrumentation for assessing and analyzing spectroscopic information.

PHYS 8158. Interactions of Photons with Atoms, Molecules, and Solids: Quantum mechanical description of optical excitation, radiative and non-radiative relaxation, and dephasing in the two level approximation. Born-Oppenheimer approximation in molecular systems; interband and intraband transitions; and Maxwell-Bloch equations. Excitons, phonons, plasmons, and polaritons.