Prof. John E Greivenkamp
Professor at College of Optical Sciences Univ of Arizona
SPIE Involvement:
Awards Committee | Board of Directors | Education Committee | Executive Committee | Publications Committee | Scholarship Committee | Strategic Planning Committee | Symposia Committee | Fellow status | Conference Program Committee | Conference Chair | Author | Editor | Instructor
Area of Expertise:
Interferometry and optical testing of aspheric surfaces , ophthalmic and visual optics , ophthalmic instrumentation and measurements , optical system design , optical metrology systems , history of optical instruments
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Profile Summary

I have been a professor at the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona for more than 25 years. I teach Geometrical Optics, which for many of our students is their first exposure to a formal course in optics. I take great pride in sharing my excitement about our field and even greater pleasure in watching our students grow in their own enthusiasm.

I am honored to have been awarded the 2017 SPIE Educator Award.

I serve as series editor for the SPIE Field Guides, and I authored the first book in the series, Field Guide to Geometrical Optics. This is the first book in the popular SPIE Field Guide series and presents the material in a new fashion; not a textbook, but just the figures, equations and a few concepts and definitions that you will need on a day to day basis. I continue as the editor of the Field Guide series.

I have also developed a passion for the history of optics. I am the founder and curator of the Museum of Optics at the College of Optical Sciences. The earliest pieces in the museum date to the 1600s. The museum now has over 1000 items including telescopes, spyglasses, microscopes, magnifiers and of course a few cameras. I find it fascinating to see the evolution of these instruments, both in technology and materials. The next time you are in Tucson, please stop by for a visit.. You can also view some of the collection at fp.optics.arizona.edu/museum/

I have had the privilege of serving on a number of SPIE leadership committees. In addition to two terms on the SPIE Board of Directors, I have also served on the Publications, Symposium, Education, Strategic Planning, Scholarship and Awards Committees. I have chaired several of these, including most recently the Publications Committee.
Publications (49)

SPIE Journal Paper | August 31, 2016
JBO Vol. 21 Issue 08
KEYWORDS: Eye, Interferometers, Cornea, Printed circuit board testing, Contact lenses, Motion measurement, Calibration, Interferometry, Monochromatic aberrations, Wavefronts

SPIE Journal Paper | March 29, 2016
OE Vol. 55 Issue 03
KEYWORDS: Interferometers, Spherical lenses, Optical spheres, Contact lenses, Metrology, Refraction, Ray tracing, 3D modeling, Calibration, Optical engineering

SPIE Journal Paper | March 7, 2016
OE Vol. 55 Issue 03
KEYWORDS: Interferometers, Ray tracing, Geometrical optics, Sensors, Wavefronts, Photovoltaics, Interferometry, Eye, Optical testing, Analytical research

SPIE Journal Paper | May 28, 2015
JBO Vol. 20 Issue 05
KEYWORDS: Eye, Interferometers, Modulation, Wavefronts, Video, Spatial resolution, Cornea, Laser sources, Cameras, Monochromatic aberrations

PROCEEDINGS ARTICLE | December 17, 2014
Proc. SPIE. 9293, International Optical Design Conference 2014
KEYWORDS: Imaging systems, Ions, Refraction, Bridges, Ear, Geometrical optics, Astronomical imaging, Neodymium, Gaussian optics, Lead

SPIE Conference Volume | November 19, 2014

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Conference Committee Involvement (13)
Optical Manufacturing and Testing XII
19 August 2018 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Manufacturing and Testing XI
9 August 2015 | San Diego, California, United States
Fifty Years of Optical Sciences at The University of Arizona
19 August 2014 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Manufacturing and Testing X
26 August 2013 | San Diego, California, United States
Optical Manufacturing and Testing IX
22 August 2011 | San Diego, California, United States
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Course Instructor
SC690: Optical System Design: Layout Principles and Practice
This course provides the background and principles necessary to understand how optical imaging systems function, allowing you to produce a system layout which will satisfy the performance requirements of your application. This course teaches the methods and techniques of arriving at the first-order layout of an optical system by a process which determines the required components and their locations. This process will produce an image of the right size and in the right location. A special emphasis is placed on understanding the practical aspects of the design of optical systems. Optical system imagery can readily be calculated using the Gaussian cardinal points or by paraxial ray tracing. These principles are extended to the layout and analysis of multi-component systems. This course includes topics such as imaging with thin lenses and systems of thin lenses, stops and pupils, and afocal systems. The course starts by providing the necessary background and theory of first-order optical design followed by numerous examples of optical systems illustrating the design process.
SC001: Optical System Design: Layout Principles and Practice
This course provides the background and principles necessary to understand how optical imaging systems function, and teaches the simple methods and techniques with which you can lay out a system which will satisfy the performance requirements of your application. Optical system imagery can readily be calculated using the Gaussian cardinal points or by paraxial ray tracing. These principles are extended to the layout and analysis of multi-component systems. This course includes topics such as imaging with thin lenses and systems of thin lenses, stops and pupils, afocal systems, and radiative transfer. Numerous examples of optical systems are described. This course provides simple methods of arriving at, and understanding, the first-order layout of an optical system by a process which determines the required components and their locations. This process will produce an image of the right size and in the right location. A special emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of the design of optical systems.
SC690a: Optical System Design: Layout Principles and Practice
This course provides the background and principles necessary to understand how optical imaging systems function, and teaches the simple methods and techniques with which you can lay out a system which will satisfy the performance requirements of your application. Optical system imagery can readily be calculated using the Gaussian cardinal points or by paraxial ray tracing. These principles are extended to the layout and analysis of multi-component systems. This course includes topics such as imaging with thin lenses and systems of thin lenses, stops and pupils, afocal systems, and radiative transfer. Numerous examples of optical systems are described. This course provides simple methods of arriving at, and understanding, the first-order layout of an optical system by a process which determines the required components and their locations. This process will produce an image of the right size and in the right location. A special emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of the design of optical systems.
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