Links to optics-related applets, tutorials and web sites of interest.

NOTE: The links labeled "applet" use Java. I can usually run these if I explicitly allow them to run in my security preferences (Mac OS 10.10.3)

Update: 4/2015

General Optics Tutorials and Classroom Demonstrations

Absorption and Emission of Light

Introduction to Waves and Wave Behavior

Electromagnetic Waves and Wave Properties of Light

Reflection/Refraction

Lens and mirror tutorials and applets

Laser and Laser Safety

Applications of Optics in Communications (Fiber Optics), Manufacturing, Medicine (including the eye) and More

Atmospheric Optics - Rainbows, Sundogs, More

Optics Education, Projects and Career Related Links

Societies, Organizations and Online Magazines

A few more really neat physics related sites

THE PHOTON PROJECTS OF THE NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

THE PBL (PROBLEM BASED LEARNING) PROJECTS OF THE NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION

LIGHT, INTRODUCTION TO OPTICS AND PHOTONICS (algebra/trig-based textbook)

INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF LIGHT (2015)

GENERAL OPTICS TUTORIALS

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/optics/index.html This site contains a huge collection of tutorials and applets covering most of an introductory optics course. This is a good "first stop" on a web tour of optics. Some excerpts from this site are in the listing below.

http://optics.synopsys.com/learn/learn-optics-kids.htmlOptics for Kids from Synopsys

http://physics.nist.gov/Pubs/TN1421/contents.html NIST document on the system of measurement for radiometry, photometry and pyrometry

 

CLASSROOM DEMONSTRATIONS

http://www.osa.org/en-us/media_library/search/?param=nebhe The NEBHE Exploration in Optics Videos, in the OSA Video Media Library. Registration is required but for demographic use only. Printed instructions are available with each video

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPl24WShNGz0nfV1Wfi5UU_o6BpakkoPD All the labs in the PHOTON projects collection, performed in one take by yours truly and colleagues

http://sprott.physics.wisc.edu/demobook/chapter6.htm great classroom demonstrations, including the "floating talking head"

http://www.arborsci.com/CoolStuff/Archives.htm The Arbor Scientific "Cool Stuff" newsletter has quick and easy demos, many of optical effects

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ABSORPTION AND EMISSION OF LIGHT

http://zebu.uoregon.edu/nsf/emit.html applet: wavelength dependence on energy level change

http://physics.gac.edu/~chuck/PRENHALL/Chapter%2031/AABXTEI0.html applet: emission from a Bohr atom

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/quantumzone/schroedinger.html applet: the difference between "orbits" and electron probability clouds. The applet may not work on all computers?

http://webphysics.davidson.edu/alumni/MiLee/java/bb_mjl.htm applet: black body radiation curve. change the temperature and view the curve and color.

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/hyde.html excellent linked encyclopedia of physics. This link covers Bohr atom, hydrogen energy levels and the hydrogen spectrum, including "complications" such as the Lamb shift and hyperfine structure

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INTRODUCTION TO WAVES and WAVE BEHAVIOR

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/applets/fourier.html applet: illustrating addition of waves of varying wavelength and amplitude

http://www.kettering.edu/~drussell/Demos/reflect/reflect.html Flash animations of wave reflection from boundaries

http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/applist/doppler/d.htm Animation allows you to control a moving source as it emits waves and explore the Doppler effect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4o48J4streE Thirteen Rouen ducks create coherent waves. Illustrates smoothing of wave front far from the source of the randomly generated waves.

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ELECTROMAGETIC WAVES

http://www.walter-fendt.de/html5/phen/electromagneticwave_en.htm electromagnetic wave animation. Walter Fendt has many fine animations and applets, in many languages.

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/electromagnetic/index.html applet: play with an electromagnetic wave, and see it from several angles

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/wavebasics/index.html applet: Change the frequency and see what happens to the wavelength

WAVE PROPERTIES OF LIGHT

http://www.ub.es/javaoptics/index-en.html Applets: Spatial coherence. Click on the Young's double slit applet. Use a single point source, two point sources or an extended light source and see how the fringe pattern contrast changes as the spatial coherence of the source changes.

http://vsg.quasihome.com/interfer.htm Young's two slit experiment applet

http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/mcintyre/applets/grating/grating.html Change the number of slits, width, separation and two different wavelengths

http://www.physics.uq.edu.au/people/mcintyre/php/laboratories/index.php?e=15  excellent Michelson interferometer applet with gas cell for measuring index of refraction

http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/kap27/Gary-TwoSlit/app.htm  Double slit with single slit envelope. Links below applet allow double slit and single slit to be examined separately

http://lectureonline.cl.msu.edu/~mmp/kap24/polarizers/Polarizer.htm Vary the angles of 1 to 3 polarizers

http://polarization.com Lots of fun facts about polarization, plus a link to a store that stocks inexpensive polarizing film

http://www.amanogawa.com/archive/Polarization/Polarization-2.html Adjust x and y amplitude and phase to vary the polarization state

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REFLECTION/REFRACTION

http://stwww.weizmann.ac.il/Lasers/laserweb/Java/Twoangles2.htm Applet: lets you observe total internal reflection. From an online laser textbook.

http://www.walter-fendt.de/html5/phen/refractionhuygens_en.htmReflection and refraction by Huygen's principle

http://www.walter-fendt.de/html5/phen/refraction_en.htm Snell's law

http://www.physics.uoguelph.ca/applets/Intro_physics/refraction/LightRefract.html  Applet: Shows the change of wavelength in the second medium

http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/java/fishEye/fishEye.html Applet: What your pet fish sees looking out of the tank

http://stwww.weizmann.ac.il/Lasers/laserweb/Java/Twoangles2.htm Applet: : lets you observe total internal reflection, as well as observe Snell's law

http://people.deas.harvard.edu/~jones/cscie129/applets/optics/java/totintrefl/index.html Total internal reflection- a flashlight at the bottom of a lake.

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LENS AND MIRROR TUTORIALS AND APPLETS

http://webphysics.davidson.edu/physlet_resources/dav_optics/examples/optics_bench.html Applet: This is a very handy optical bench simuation, good for trying out a lab before actually setting up the pieces. It may available elsewhere on the web in a larger size.

http://www.netzmedien.de/opticalbench/index.html Applet: another optical bench

http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/HFrame.html I wondered how my students did those front vertex, back vertex and equivalent power calculations so quickly- they used this web site! For two lenses or one thick lens.

http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/java/thickLens/thickLens.html Applet: Change from "thin" to "thick" lens and watch rays traverse the lens

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LASER TUTORIALS AND APPLETS

http://www.phys.ksu.edu/perg/vqm/laserweb/ The "Laser Adventure " by Rami Arieli. A complete laser tutorial with many applets and examples.

http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/lightandcolor/laserhome.html Everything from stimulated emission and cavity modes to modelocked lasers and how a cd works.

http://www.repairfaq.org/sam/lasersam.htm Sam's laser FAQ- everything you could ask about all kinds of lasers, including how to build them in your "home lab"

http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/lasers/overview.html Very flashy and colorful online laser exhibit with physics and applications from TheTech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA

http://www.iiviinfrared.com/ Information on CO2 laser optic materials and design

http://www.kenteklaserstore.com/custom.aspx?id=9 "laser helpers"- formulas and graphs to illustrate common laser application issues

LASER SAFETY

http://www.safety.vanderbilt.edu/training/flash/laser/player.html Excellent laser safety tutorial from Vanderbilt University

http://ehs.unc.edu/training/self_study/laser/ UNC laser safety tutorial

http://www.laserinstitute.org The Laser Institute of America - publications and training

http://www.rli.com/ Rockwell Laser Industries, laser safety consultants. Includes a data base of laser accidents and a forum for discussing laser safety issues (look under Resources)

http://www.eyesafety.4ursafety.com/laser-eye-safety.html Eye safety, including terms and OSHA regulations

http://www.laserist.org International Laser Display Association. Good information on laser show safety and laser pointers and aviation

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OPTICS APPLICATIONS

http://www.thefoa.org A technicians guide to fiber theory, test and installation with text, self tests and videos

http://lasiksurgerycost.net/all-about-the-eye A study guide for kids about the human eye - parts of the eye, problems of the eye, glasses for vision correction, learning eye safety to prevent injury, and a list of additional links

http://www.ligo.caltech.edu/ The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO). At the bottom left of the page is a link to a terrific video describing the search for graviationals waves

http://www.dpbsmith.com/prescription/ what the numbers in an eyeglass prescription mean

http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/ The SOHO (Solar & Heliospheric Observatory) project- beautiful solar images, good spectroscopy application

http://photomachining.com Photos and examples of laser micro-machining

http://www.holoworld.com A resource for making holograms, including laser pointer holography and making holograms from photographs

http://www.holokits.com Tutorials and articles about holography, plus an online store for plates and chemicals.

https://www.litiholo.comHolograms at home with no chemical processing

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ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

http://www.physicsclassroom.com/class/refrn/Lesson-4/Rainbow-Formation How rainbows are formed.

http://mintaka.sdsu.edu/GF/ A page about the green flash (atmospheric, not superhero)

http://www.atoptics.co.uk/ Beautiful photos and explanations of atmospheric optical phenomena

http://www.weather-photography.com/index.php Photos of weather (lots of lightning), ice and frost, astronomy and more, as well as atmospheric optics.

http://www.allthesky.com Digital images of the sky- and everything that's in it.

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OPTICS EDUCATION WEB SITES, PROJECTS and CAREER INFORMATION

http://www.opticsforkids.org/ Fantastic site with resources for students and teachers- including an "ask an expert" feature

http://webtop.msstate.edu/ A treasury of applets and quicktime movies.

http://www.ub.es/javaoptics/index-en.html Wonderful downloadable applets from the University of Barcelona Java optics course in physical optics

http://www.opticseducation.org/ Worldwide directory of optics education programs

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SOCIETIES, ORGANIZATIONS AND ONLINE MAGAZINES

http://www.spie.org SPIE, the International Society for Optical Engineering

http://www.osa.org the Optical Society of America

http://www.ico-optics.org/ International Commission for Optics

http://www.nefc.com The New England Fiber Optic Council

http://www.photonics.com Lauren publishers monthly magazine Photonics Spectra, with links to a manufacturer directory and dictionary of terms including videos

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A FEW REALLY COOL PHYSICS SITES

http://www.its.caltech.edu/~atomic/snowcrystals/ Not entirely optics, but a beautiful site devoted to snow crystals

http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/cosmic_classroom/ir_tutorial/ Cool cosmos- fantastic IR photos of everyday items, plus other educational resources from the Spitzer telescope site.

http://www.vega.org.uk/video/subseries/8 Four Richard Feynman lectures in streaming video format

http://science.nasa.gov/ Space-related news, lots of interesting (and some weird) articles and photos from NASA archives

http://www.colorado.edu/UCB/AcademicAffairs/ArtsSciences/physics/PhysicsInitiative/Physics2000/applets/ a collection of Physics2000 applets, without the explanatory text. Some of these applets have not yet been incorporated into the site. Collection includes several technology applets (nodes in a microwave oven, television tubes, etc)

http://heasarc.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/xte/outreach/HEG/groovie.html High Energy Groovy Movie: x-ray astronomy as you've never seen- or heard- it. This is a large file that takes a while to download. Includes lesson plan.

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/brainbite/ short videos to answer important questions about spaceflight (like how do you go to the bathroom in a space suit?)

http://www.globalspec.com/trebuchet/ Trebuchet, the sport of engineers. Can you make the high score list?

http://www.yorku.ca/eye/ Not physics, entirely, but a complete online textbook, The Joy of Visual Perception

http://www.astrocappella.com/IYA/ Astronomy set to a capella music

http://hubblesite.org Home page of the Hubble telescope

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html Astronomy picture of the day- something new every day.

 

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