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FSK3421 Nonlinear Optical Technology 12.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3421 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Introduction to nonlinear optics, resonant and nonresonant processes, nonlinear optical material and applications, ultrashort optical pulses, nonlinear optical fibers, Raman and Brilloin scattering, nonlinear waveguides and photorefraction and optical damage in materials.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is that the student shall:

  • have acquired a thorough understanding of the basic theory and science of nonlinear optics
  • be able to describe and to analyze in detail the theory of salient components and basic systems employed within modern nonlinear optics
  • be able to formulate a physically reasonable and complicated problem in nonlinear optics and provide an extended solution to the same,


  • present the problem and discuss the solution 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, atomic and molecular physics, basic laser physics, and solid-state theory and physics.

Recommended prerequisites

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

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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


  • HEM1 - Home assignments, 12.0 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.

Solving a large number of homework problems. Designing some (1 or 2) problems of his/her own. Provide an annotated, extended solution to these problems and present it 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

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web FSK3421

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