San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, California, United States
11 - 15 August 2019
Course (SC1170)
The Very Least You Need To Know About Optics
Monday 12 August 2019
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Course Full
  • Course Level:
  • Introductory
  • CEU:
  • 0.2
The best way to understand how light works is to work with light. This course teaches non-technical professionals to think like a photon. Participants work with optical components to establish an intuitive understanding of core optical principles such as wavelength, refraction, interference, and dispersion. Upon completion, participants will have a fundamental grasp of how and why essential optical components, such as lenses, work, and they will be prepared to study more specialized topics related to specific industries. This hands-on class is limited to 16 participants. Early registration is recommended.
Learning Outcomes
  • describe light in a technical manner in terms of wavelength, polarization, and intensity
  • intuit the behavior of light due to reflection, refraction, diffraction, and interference
  • classify basic optical components by appearance and function
This course for non-engineers, especially professionals transferring from other industries, who need a rapid, non-mathematical introduction to the core principles of optics. No prior scientific or mathematical background is assumed.
About the
Damon Diehl is a scientist and technical writer who specializes in translating things scientists say into human dialects. He earned his Ph.D. in optical engineering from the University of Rochester’s Institute of Optics and his B.A. in physics and mathematics from the University of Chicago. Recently he served as academic coordinator for the Optical Systems Technology program at Monroe Community College in Rochester, NY, transitioning the program, over the course of eighteen months, from having only six active students to running day and evening courses for all freshman classes. He teaches the course “Grant Writing from the Ground Up,” and writes the blog “The Very Least You Need to Know about Optics” at
Attendee Testimonial:
Very good, knowledgeable and explained material well.
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