FSK3421 Nonlinear Optical Technology 12.0 credits

Ickelinjär optisk teknologi

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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

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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.

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

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • 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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Valdas Pasiskevicius

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SCI/Applied Physics

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Education cycle *

Third cycle

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Professor Valdas Pasiskevicius, vp@laserphysics.kth.se

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.

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Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics