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.


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: 04.09.2023 - 05.12.2023

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

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

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    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
  • applies in this implementation

    • Home exercises 20 %
    • Exam (5 tasks) 80 %

    To pass the course, at least 50 % must be obtained.

  • applies in this implementation

    • Lectures 22 h + reading the lecture material 30 h
    • Exercise sessions 20 h + home exercises 40 h
    • Independent study 20 h
    • Exam 3 h

    In total 135 h (42 contact hours and 93 hours of independent work)


Study Material
  • applies in this implementation

    • 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

    Lecture notes are the collections from these books

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language : English

    Teaching Period : 2022-2023 Autumn I - II
    2023-2024 Autumn I - II

    Enrollment :

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