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FSK3403 Photonics 7.5 credits

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, with a widespread use for telecommunications, information processing, imaging and sensing in applications such as internet, medicine and environmental monitoring.

The course is given in period 2. First (digital) lecture for HT2020 on Mon 26th Oct, 3 PM.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3403 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers the physical principles underlying the operation af basic photonic components such as lasers, modulators, optical fibers and detectors and involving the generation, transmission, manipulation and detection of light.
Specifically, the course covers the following topics:

  • Electromagnetic optics
  • Beam optics
  • Guided-wave optics
  • Coupled mode theory
  • Optics af periodic systems
  • Resonator optics
  • Acousto-optics
  • Electro-optics
  • Nonlinear optics
  • Ultrafast optics
  • Generation and detection af light

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • explain the physical principles underlying the generation, transmission, manipulation and detection of light in photonic devices.
  • choose, derive and apply suitable models to predict and analyze the response of basic photonic components
  • perform optical measurements through hands-on work in a photonic lab.
  • analyze and present data acquired using lab instruments and generated by simulations.
  • critically analyze and solve practical and theoretical problems within the field of photonics with the aid of relevant literature
  • provide an overview of the most recent developments of photonics and deeper insights into aspects of photonic science and applications of particular relevance for her/his own research field.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as a PhD student

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Home assignment tasks, 2.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory exercises, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminar, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

To pass the course students should passa final written exam (TEN1; 2 hp), and successfully complete the home assignment (INL1; 2 hp), seminar (SEM1; 2hp) and lab (LAB1; 1,5 hp) tasks.

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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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

Course web

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Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics