GE1342 - Light: from Double Rainbows to Optical Fibers

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Electrical Engineering
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2022/23

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

This course aims to guide students through some everyday observations related to light and a number of optical applications. What is a double rainbow? What gives a peacock its fascinating color? Does optical fiber have anything to do with your smart phone? How do blue lasers help the CD industry to stay competitive? This GE course is about light. We survey the wonderful optical phenomena in nature, milestones in optical discoveries over the century, and optical inventions that drastically shaped the modern world. Students will acquire a qualitative appreciation of optics in everyday life through lectures and group presentations.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 60%
Examination: 40%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Remark: To pass the course, students are required to achieve at least 30% in continuous assessment and 30% in the examination.
Detailed Course Information


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