Photonics

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The course outlines the fundamental physics underlying the generation, transmission, manipulation and detection of light in photonic components. These are the principles underpinning basic optical devices such as fibers, resonators, lasers and modulators, which nowadays have a widespread use for telecommunication, information processing and sensing in applications ranging from the internet, to medicine, environmental monitoring and aerospace.

Course structure

The course is taught jointly by Katia Gallo (gallo@kth.se) and Max Yan (miya@kth.se). It consists of lectures & seminars, a simulation lab on photonic crystals (week 46),  an experimental lab on supercontinuum generation (weeks 48-49), a problem class (week 50) and a final exam (7th of January). 

Lectures

The first lecture is at 3 pm on Monday, October 28 in room FB55 at KTH-AlbaNova (Roslagstullsbacken 21). The course is taught in English. You can find the full schedule o the pages of the associated MSc-level course (SK2402). 

Quizzes - Additional diagnostic quizzes associated with the lectures are available on an external platform, called Scalable Learning . The enrollment key for the lecture quizzes will become made available at the course start. By doing all the quizzes (by the deadlines set in Scalable Learning) you can gain bonus points towards the final exam. 

SeminarsAs part of the examination, PhD students will also have to prepare a seminar lecture providing an overview on most recent research developments in photonics and deeper insights into aspects of photonic science and applications of particular relevance to their own field (task to be agreed upon with the teachers). 

Course literature

Literature material is provided by the teachers (Katia Gallo and Max Yan) during the course. A very good and comprehensive textbook is the following:   “Fundamentals of Photonics”, by B. E. A. Saleh and M. C. Teich, Wiley series in Pure and Applied Optics, J. Wiley & Sons Publ. 

Examination

To pass the course, a passing grade on each of the following parts is required:

  • Home assignments (2.5 credits) - Grading scale: P, F
  • Laboratory work (1.0 credits) - Grading scale: P, F
  • Photonic seminar (2.0 credits) - Grading scale: P, F
  • Final exam (2.0 credits) - Grading scale: P, F

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