Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The course gives a general understanding of the concepts and phenomena relevant to modern applications of optics and photonics, and prepares the student for more advanced and specialised treatments of the topics.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Andriy Shevchenko

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Matti Kaivola

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Starting from the basics of electromagnetism, the course walks the student through the most fundamental aspects of wave optics: light polarization, interference, coherence, diffraction and scattering. This is followed by some essential aspects of light matter interaction and quantum optics to build up an understanding of laser operation and some important laser applications. Along the way the course makes reference to the most modern developments in optics. Suitable for M.Sc. and doctoral students in both science and engineering.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Two midterm exams or a final exam (80%). Home exercises (20%).

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    130 h in total (46 h contact teaching, 84 h self study)

    The course includes 12 weeks of two-hour lectures, 11 weeks of two-hour guided problem solving sessions, and 10 home exercise rounds.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Lecture notes. Book references: A. Lipson, S.G. Lipson, H. Lipson, Optical Physics (4th ed.), Cambridge University Press 2011; E. Hecht, Optics (5th ed.), Pearson Education Limited 2017; F.L. Pedrotti, L.M. Pedrotti, L.S. Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics (3rd ed.), Cambridge University Press 2018

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tfy-125.4321 Laser Technology and Optics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Basic courses in physics and electromagnetism



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