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FSK3884 Photonics 7.5 credits

Suitable for master students in: TIKTM, TTFYM/TFYC and TFYD, TELFM

Course contents:

1. Passive photonic devices

    a. Optical waveguides (incl. AWG)

    b. Resonators

    c. Photonic crystals (incl. PC fiber)

    d. Plasmonics

2. Active photonic devices

    a. Semiconductor lasers

    b. LED and Amplifiers

    c. Detectors                                        

3. Electro-optic and optoelectronic devices

    a. Modulators  

    b. Optoelectronic integration   

    c. Solar cell   

    d. Digital imaging and display

    e. Photonics in lighting

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FSK3884 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Optical Amplifiers
  • Silicon Photonics
  • Plasmon based Nanophotonics
  • Emerging Areas in Photonics
  • Numerical Methods - FDTD & FEM, CAD
  • Semiconductor Lasers
  • Optoelectronic Integration

Intended learning outcomes

After the course the students should have:

  • In depth knowledge of optical communication devices and the related technological issues, including: photonic integrated circuits, optical amplifiers, semiconductor lasers, and optoelectronic integration techniques.
  • Introductory knowledge of plasmonics.
  • Overview of recent progress in nanophotonics.

Course disposition

The course is structured in the form of seminars.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Enrolled as PhD student.

Basic knowledge on electromagnetic theory, optics, and solid-state physics

Recommended prerequisites

Basic knowledge on electromagnetic theory, optics, and solid-state physics


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Saleh & Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd edition. Lecture notes and laboratory instructions. Some relevant chapters in the following books may be helpful: Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems and Mayer, Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications.

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 5.0 credits, grading scale: G
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.5 credits, grading scale: G

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.

•Assignments, 7.5 credits, grade scale: P/F

Other requirements for final grade

All assignments handed in.

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 FSK3884

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information


1. Numerical simulation on photonic crystals (4 hrs)

2. Semiconductor lasers (4 hrs)

Course objectives:

After the course, the students will be able to

1. Explain working principles of basic photonic devices,

2. Make simple calculations to quantify performances of various photonic devices,

3. Choose appropriate photonic devices for achieving certain system requirements,

4. Tell technological limits of several photonic devices such as solar cells, displays, LED bulbs, and describe potential solutions to those problems.

Grading scale: Pass/Fail


To pass the course, one should attend the lab sessions and submit the lab reports with an acceptable quality, plus attain at least 50% points in the final written examination. The written exam has in total 24 points, 8pts for each of the three subject areas. A student should attain a minimum of 4 points from each subject area to get a pass.

In order to get the course credits, a PhD student has to pass the written exam and complete an extra assignment with a satisfying grade as evaluated by one of the teachers. The assignment can take the form of a photonic material or device simulation, hands-on experiment, or even literature review of a state-of-the-art research area, etc. Contact a teacher to arrange for your extra assignment. Proposals for the subject area by the student are welcome. A written report should be submitted for the purpose of evaluation. The corresponding workload of the assignment is approximately 2 working days.

Text books:

Compendium based on various sources

Replaces IO3655

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at SCI/Applied Physics