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* Retrieved from Course syllabus FSK3420 (Spring 2010–)

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Nonlinear interaction between a light field and matter.
  • Perturbation calculations.
  • Strong EM-fields.
  • Quantum mechanical calculations.
  • Crystallography.
  • Block equation.
  • Application of nonlinear optics.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that the student shall:

  • be thoroughly acquainted with all the basic elements of the theory of nonlinear optics
  • be able to formulate a well-structured and physically significant problem within the main areas of nonlinear optics and provide an extended solution, and
  • present the problem and discuss the solutions in front of the whole class

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

MSc degree in physics or equivalent education.

Specifically, it is assumed that the student has a working knowledge of vector analysis, EM-wave theory, quantum mechanics and basic solid-state physics.

Language of instruction: English only

Recommended prerequisites

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P N Butcher and D Cotter: "The Elements of Nonlinear Optics" (1998)

Extended lecture notes and chapters from other main sources.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

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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.

Other requirements for final grade

Solving a large number of homework problems.

Designing some (1 or 2) problems of his/her own. Provide an annotated, extended solutions to these problems and present them to the class.

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

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Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Professor Valdas Pasiskevicius,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics