Optical methods

Lecturer(s): Anne-Segolene CALLARD, Emmanuel DROUARD
Course ⋅ 14 hTC ⋅ 6 hPW ⋅ 4 hAutonomy ⋅ 4 hStudy ⋅ 4 h


The recent growth of optical methods in various fields is due to the inherent advantages of these methods (high spatial and temporal resolutions, punctual or global measure, contactless method ...) and recent advances in photonics. The applications cover a wide range of industrial and research fields: automotive, aerospace, health, environment ... This course aims to provide the knowledge required to the understanding of the most used optical technologies.


Telemetry, Interferometry, Infrared technology, Optical materials processing


Introduction: major fields of optics Spatio temporal coherence, metrology applications Notions of photometry Noise phenomena in detectors Applications to measurement (principles): telemetry, velocimetry, interferometry Applications of lasers in material processing Tutorials: Holography, telemetry, interferometric sensor, Applications of lasers in material processing 4 lab works (1h each): holography, vibrometry, FTIR spectrometry, laser anemometry

Learning Outcomes

  • How to choose and implement the relevant optical formalism (ray optics, wave optics, electromagnetic, photometry ...)
  • Being able to identify the components of an optical measurement system
  • How to choose a method of measuring or optical processing
  • Identify the kinds of noise in an optical detector


Final Mark = 60% Knowledge + 40% Know-how Knowledge 60% = 100 % Final exam (written test) Know-how 40% = 100% Final oral presentation