Master’s studies

Syllabus for Optics and Photonics

Optik och fotonik


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1FA589
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2015-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 32, 2015
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits and Electromagnetic Field Theory.
  • Responsible department: Department of Physics and Astronomy

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, students shall be able to

  • describe and illustrate with examples the concept of coherence, estimate the coherence of light sources;
  • explain properties of Gaussian beams, calculate propagation of Gaussian beams in free-space and through thin lenses;
  • calculate diffraction for simple physical systems, interpret limitations of Fresnel and Frauenhofer diffraction;
  • explain and illustrate light guiding, calculate wave propagation in waveguide systems;
  • explain the principles of operation of quantum lasers, calculate characteristics of optical resonators;
  • estimate output characteristics of photon sources;
  • demonstrate problem solving ability both orally and in written;
  • conduct an independent study within the field of photonics and make a presentation of the results.


Light as waves, rays and photons. Interference and Coherence. Diffraction of light. Wave optics and Gaussian beams. Transmission through optical components. Holography. Near field imaging. Guided-wave optics. Photonic crystals. Fiber optics. Electromagnetic optics. EM waves in metallic and dielectric media. Absorption and dispersion. Optics of magnetic materials. Metamaterials and Plasmonics. Superlens. Invisibility. Interactions of photons with matter. Quantum laser amplifiers. Quantum lasers. Radiation by charged particles. Semiconductor photon sources and photon detectors.


Lectures, demonstration of computer simulations and experimental results, seminars, projects. Problem solving individually and in mini-groups.


Hand-in assignments and problem solving at seminars (7 credits), written report and oral presentation of individual projects or a seminar on photonics (3 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 05, 2015

  • Saleh, Bahaa E. A.; Teich, Malvin Carl Fundamentals of photonics

    2. ed.: Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, cop. 2007

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