Topic outline

  • This postgraduate course covers the topics of the book Fundamentals of Photonics, B.E.A. Saleh and M.C. Teich, 2 ed. (John Wiley & Sons) concerning Optical Information Processing:

    • Beam optics
    • Fourier optics
    • Guided-wave optics
    • Acousto-optics
    • Electro-optics
    • Ultrafast optics
    • Interconnects and switches

    Each week, the attendants (1) participate in a one-hour lecture given by the teacher and a one-hour exercise session, (2) read 20-30 pages of the book and solve 4 related exercises at home, (3) explain 2 exercise solutions per student in the classroom, and (4) evaluate the given presentations. At the end of the course, the attendants pass the exam. A detailed schedule is attached. The lectures and exercises sessions are to be held in Zoom.

  • Workload (130 h in total)

    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/week x 10 weeks = 50 h) and solve 4 home exercises (3 h/week x 10 weeks = 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.


    The contributions to the grade:

         Exercise solution presentations – max 15 points
         Home exercises – max 35 points
         Final exam – max 70 points

    To pass the course with grade 1, at least 50 points are required. For the grade 5, one has to receive at least 90 points.

  • Each homework consists of 4 problems on the topic. Please hand in your solutions (in jpeg or pdf format) through the return box appearing on this page; the deadline is every week on Friday at 14:15. 

    During the exercise sessions, 4 problem solutions will be presented by 2 students; 7-10 min per solution presentation. Solution presentations are checked before each session with Elena Ilina on Wednesdays at 10:00 and 11:00, using Teams. Presentations are peer-evaluated by the students and filled forms are to be returned through email to after each exercise session.

    If you'd like some help or have any questions, contact the course assistant: