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SK2300 Optical Physics 6 credits

Course memo Autumn 2020-1

Version 1 – 10/13/2020, 10:59:27 PM

Course offering

Autumn 2020-1 (Start date 24/08/2020, English)

Language Of Instruction

English

Offered By

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Course memo Autumn 2020-1

Course presentation

In the course Optical Physics you study optical phenomena, as well as technological applications of optics. Topics are the nature of light, propagation of light, geometrical optics, optical instruments, polarisation, interference, diffraction, Fourier optics, quantum optics, holography, photodetectors and solar energy. Course activities are lectures, exercise classes and five labs.

The picture shows a plastic geo triangle under stress, which is placed between two crossed polarisers. The elasto-optic effect in the triangle produces a change in the light's polarisation and leads to the observation of various colours.

Teachers of this course: Marijn Versteegh, Val Zwiller and Stephan Steinhauer.

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Electromagnetic fields, propagation in vacuum and matter. Polarization, interference, thin film optics, optical metrology. Diffraction, Fourier optics, coherence, labs.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Explain optical phenomena and solve technical problems related to optical technology applications
  • Build and use optical setups to analyze optical phenomena

Detailed plan

Learning activities Content Preparations
   
   
   


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Preparations before course start

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge within classical physics, particularly waves and elementary classical optics (course SK1101, Classical Physics or corresponding), mathematics (vector analysis, differential equations, fourier transformation).

Literature

"Optics", by Eugene Hecht, 5th edition, Pearson Education. ISBN: 978-1-292-09693-4.

It is recommended that you purchase the book in printed form, because you are allowed to have it with you at the exam.

Support for students with disabilities

Students at KTH with a permanent disability can get support during studies from Funka:

Funka - compensatory support for students with disabilities

Please inform the course coordinator if you need compensatory support during the course. Present a certificate from Funka.

Examination and completion

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Examination

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Work, 2.0 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

(Section below is not part of the syllabus)

Laboratory Work ( LAB1 )

Examination ( TEN1 )

Allowed at the written exam: Books, simple calculator or graphing calculator, any handwritten or printed notes.

Forbidden at the written exam: Communication devices, computers.

Other requirements for final grade

One written exam (TEN1; 4 university credits). Laboratory work (LAB1; 2 university credits).

Grading criteria/assessment criteria

Grading criteria:

For the written exam:

E: The student demonstrates some knowledge of optical phenomena and is able to solve basic problems related to technological applications of optics.

D: The student demonstrates considerable knowledge of optical phenomena and is able to solve basic problems related to technological applications of optics.

C: The student demonstrates considerable knowledge of optical phenomena and is able to solve advanced problems related to technological applications of optics from some parts of the course.

B: The student demonstrates wide and deep knowledge of optical phenomena and is able to solve advanced problems related to technological applications of optics from several parts of the course.

A: The student demonstrates wide and deep knowledge of optical phenomena and is able to solve advanced problems related to technological applications of optics from all parts of the course.

F: The student does not meet the criteria for grade E.

Operational grading criteria:

The written exam consists of 6 questions. Answering all questions correctly gives 6 points. You need 2.6 points to pass. Grading scale: A 5.0-6.0; B 4.1-4.9; C 3.5-4.0; D 2.9-3.4; E 2.6-2.8; F 0.0-2.5.

For the lab work and reports:

P: The student group completed all lab tasks of all labs and handed in a report about each lab, which appropriately presents the results, analyses and conclusions from the labs, including answers to all questions from the instructions.

F: The student group does not meet the criteria for grade P or the student did not actively participate in the student group.

Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Round Facts

Offered By

SCI/Applied undergraduate Physics

Language Of Instruction

English

Course offering

Autumn 2020-1 (Start date 24/08/2020, English)