Credits: 5

Schedule: 13.09.2019 - 10.12.2019

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I - II Autumn (2018-2019, 2019-2020)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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. It is ideal for M.Sc. students both in science and engineering.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

128 h in total (52 h contact teaching, 76 h self study)

The course includes 12 weeks of lectures (60+60 min each), 10 weeks of guided problem solving sessions (90 min each) and 10 home exercise rounds.

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

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 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Tfy-125.4321 Laser Technology and Optics

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic courses in physics and electromagnetism

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi.


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