The course is arranged as a seminar series with 2 (academic) hours long units every third week. Every unit consists of 1-2 presentations given by the participants on topics determined by the course responsible and the presenter, typically related to the research field of the presenter, and of a general discussion between all participants on the current topic. Every presentation also comprises an overview of general and recent publications, which must be sent out to all participants prior to the presentation, so that all participants can prepare the topic as a homework task for developing basic understanding before each seminar.
Alternatively to presentations by the course participants, lectures by the course responsible and external guests will be given.
The general objective of the course is to create a learning, but also information exchange and discussion forum for graduate students and researchers working with electromagnetic signals in microsystems, including microoptics, photonics, and microwave/RF MEMS. The goal of the course is for the participants to deepen their knowledge in these fields and to gain understanding by giving and listening to presentations and by discussing topics in this field. More specifically, electromagnetic problems with strong focus on the interdisciplinar nature of interactions of microwaves with micromachined geometries of feature sizes both larger and smaller than the signal wavelengths are handled at the different meetings of the course. Individual discussion topics span from theoretical analysis, simulation models, to device characterization and applications.
In the course of these meetings, the student will:
- have learned about the state of the art and research trends in research fields associated to his/her own research field
- have learned to get familiar with new problems related but not exactly within his research field, be able to assimilate new material quickly to reach a certain level of judgement
- have gained deeper understanding the theoretical background of wave propagation phenomena and interaction with microstructures
- have gained insight in modelling electromagnetic microstructures and in judging/questioning the simulation results
- have developed better understanding of the interdisciplinarity of associated fields: i.e. mutuality and differences between microwave systems and photonics engineering for different frequency ranges and applications
- have learned to present a certain topic to an audience which is not directly working on this topic but which is able to question the presented material
- have learned to give and to get feedback on presentations on topics related but not directly within his/her research field