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FSK3600 Quantum Electronics 8.0 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3600 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

Quantum mechanics directed towards quantization of the electromagnetic field. Electromagnetic field, coherent states. Gaussian beams, optical resonators and rate equations. Types of lasers. Electro-optic and acousto-optic modulation of light. Nonlinear optical formalism and parametric processes. Q-switching and mode-locking. Optical waveguides and detectors.

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should understand and have knowledge in quantum optics, lasers, optical modulators, detectors and waveguides, nonlinear and ultrafast optics so to be able to solve, with the necessary literature, practical and theoretical problems within the given fields.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Optical Physics

Enrolled as PhD student

Recommended prerequisites

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Yariv, “Optical Electronics in Modern Communications”, Oxford University Press (1997) . Additional material will be made available during the course.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale



  • INL1 - Assignments, 5.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 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

Examination through hand-in assignments (INL1) (P/F) and final examination (TEN1) (P/F)

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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Profile picture Katia Gallo

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 FSK3600

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Gunnar G E Björk (, Katia Gallo (

Supplementary information

The course is run in conjunction with the course SK2400 at MSc level, which may be canceled in case of low subscription rates (less than 5 students)

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics