Optical Materials

5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1TM003

Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Materials Engineering A1N, Physics A1N, Technology A1N
Grading system
Pass with distinction, Pass with credit, Pass, Fail
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 7 February 2023
Responsible department
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Entry requirements

120 credits in science/engineering. Attended course in Solid State Physics I or equivalent. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain the classical theory of how light propagates in solids,
  • make qualitative and quantitative analyzes of optical properties for different materials based on their electronic properties, and understand the relationship between electron structure, size and optical properties,
  • describe different types of electronic and optical processes in insulators, metals and semiconductors, and quantum confined structures,
  • describe different applications of optical materials such as optical filters, LEDs, diode lasers, solar cells, solar absorbers, smart windows, and meta-materials,
  • assess the significance, possibilities and limitations for functionalizing materials with specific electronic and optical properties.


Band structure and optical properties for different types of materials classified on the basis of their electronic structure: insulators, semiconductors, metals, and quantum wells, quantum wires and quantum dots. Fresnel formalism. Band structure models. Oscillator models. Optical processes in materials, incl absorption, excitons, luminescence, quantum confinement. Nano-optics. Metamaterials. Functional optical materials in applications such as absorber surfaces in thermal solar collectors, solar cells, smart windows, displays, photocatalysis, radiative cooling and heat-reflecting surfaces.


Plenary lectures, problem solving classes and laboratory work.


Written exam (4 credits). Laboratory work (1 credit).

If there are special reasons, the examiner may make exceptions from the specified examination method and allow an individual student to be examined in another way. Special reasons can e.g. be notified of special educational support from the university's coordinator for students with disabilities. Digital examination can be made if there are special reasons to do so.

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