FIO3001 Advanced Materials and Processing Technologies for Photonics 10.5 credits

Avancerade material och processteknik för fotonik

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

The theme of the course is on materials for optics and photonics covering relevant material properties and technologies. Photonics has fundamentally influenced the way we live, with a wide range of applications examples of which include lighting, displays, optical communications, sensing, security, biology and health-care, and renewable energy (to name a few). However compared to electronics, in particular Si-technology, the scenario is rather complex with photonics. Owing to the variety of wavelength specific applications - from deep UV to far-infra red - as commonly identified in “photonics”, it is nearly impossible to identify one or even limited number of materials/technology with photonics. More often than not, a given requirement/need implies specific physical properties and hence the associated “material” and the “material specific” technologies. Besides new concepts such as photonic crystals, metal optics, meta-materials, and nanostructured optical media have emerged together with advances in nanofabrication. Thus a reasonable appreciation of optics and photonics requires a good understanding of materials (“Materials Matter”) - their optical properties and the fabrication technologies. Keeping this in view the course aims to cover relevant photonic materials and process technologies. A detailed and in-depth description of each of the materials is virtually impossible in a single course, but for some selected topics there are separate courses in the program. 

Photonic glasses, optical fibres and speciality fibres, meta-materials, nanostructured materials including photonic crystals, non-linear materials, magneto-optical materials, low-dimensional semiconductors, state-of-the-art processing techniques, esp. nano and micro-fabrication, optoelectronic device technology, planar light wave circuits, technology for metal optics, organic materials, emerging photonic integration –materials and technologies.

Intended learning outcomes *

·        To understand the properties of materials and associated technologies and make judicious choice of the appropriate material/technology for a given application

·        To have a grasp of the state-of-the-art materials and technologies relevant for current and emerging topics in optics and photonics

Course Disposition

24 x 2 lectures

Discussion sessions (at least 80% attendance) also will be a basis of evaluation

Student seminars (targeted to enlarge the scope of the lecture-topic) - compulsory and will form the basis of evaluation.

Student driven lab sessions

Literature and preparations

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Lecture notes, review articles and/or selected key references

Examination and completion

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Examination *

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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.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Anand Srinivasan

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

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Docent Srinivasan Anand,, telefon: +46-8-790 4382

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.

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics