The course gives a general understanding of the concepts and
phenomena relevant to modern optics and photonics, and
prepares the student for more advanced and specialised treatments of the
The course walks the student through the basics of electromagnetic waves, light polarization, interference and diffraction, optical coherence, light-matter interaction and the principles of lasers. It includes 11 weeks of lectures, 10 weeks of home exercise rounds, exercise sessions, and a final exam.