Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


After the course, the student is expected to be able to (1) explain optical phenomena considered in the course and physical quantities describing them, (2) apply the key equations of the considered phenomena to solving related practical problems, (3) prepare and hold a lecture on any topic in optics, and (4) prepare and hold an exercise session.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 05.03.2021 - 03.06.2021

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

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Andriy Shevchenko

Contact information for the course (valid 09.02.2021-21.12.2112):

Lecturers: Andriy Shevchenko ( and Hanne Ludvigsen (

Assistant: Elena Ilina (

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:

    This course covers the most important and relevant topics of electromagnetic optics, polarization optics, photonic crystal optics, statistical optics, photon optics, interaction of photons and atoms, acousto-optics, and electro-optics.

  • Applies in this implementation:

    The topics to be covered in 2021 (concerning Information Optics):

    Beam optics
    Fourier optics
    Guided-wave optics
    Ultrafast optics
    Interconnects and switches

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The contributions to the grade: exercise solution presentations (15 points), home exercises (35 points), and exam (70 points). For the grade 5, one has to receive at least 90 points, and to pass the exam with grade 1, at least 50 points are required.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    130 h in total (22 contact hours and 108 hours of independent work)

    The course includes 11 hours of lectures, 10 hours of exercise sessions, and 3 hours of the exam. Before each session, the attendants independently study the book material (5 h x 10 = 50 h) and solve 4-5 home exercises (3 h x 10 = 30 h). Also, each attendant prepares the exercise solution presentations (6 h in total), including a meeting with the teachers. About 20 h will be spent to prepare for the exam.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    B.E.A. Saleh & M.C. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2 ed. (John Wiley & Sons, Hoboken, 2007)

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This course replaces the course Tfy-125.4423 Modern Optics

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Tfy-125.4321 Laser Technology and Optics / PHYS-E0435 Optical Physics