This course has been discontinued.
Last planned examination: Autumn 2020
Decision to discontinue this course:No information inserted
"Optics" course covers the basic knowledge on light propagation and interaction with materials. We consider all aspects of light, i.e., optical rays, wave theory, electromagnetic fields, and photons, with applications in imaging and instruments, diffraction, interference, Fourier optics, metrology, etc.
The course has primarily two goals:
- to give a deeper and broader insight into optics as a science and a technology, its basic physics and phenomena and their importance for technical applications
- to be a starting point for the following, more specialised courses within the special area of optics and photonics
After successful completing the course, students will be able:
to “discover” the key role and identify particular manifestation of electromagnetic field in nature phenomena
to analyze and solve physical problems involving the interaction of radiation and matter, and the light propagation
to efficiently use literature (textbooks and scientific publications) to penetrate most of the problems in optics, be they scientific or technical problems in nature
Content and learning outcomes
- Electromagnetic fields, propagation in vacuum and matter. - Wave optics. Polarization, interference, optics of thin films, optical measurement techniques.- Diffraction, fourier optics, optical information processing.- Coherence.- Quantum phenomena, lasers and current applications, non-linear optics.- Geometrical optics and image formation, optical analysis and design, image quality.- Transfer of energy and information; radiometry and photometry.
Intended learning outcomes
The course has primarily two goals- to give a deeper and broader insight into optics as a science and a technology, its basic physics and phenomena and their importance for technical applications- to be a starting point for the following, more specialised courses within the special area of optics and photonics
Literature and preparations
The prerequisites of the Master Programme in Photonics.
The prerequisites of the Master Programme in Photonics. Basic courses in wave theory, electromagnetic field theory, are recommended.
- Hecht, E., Optics (4th ed. 2002), Addison Wesley. Additional course material.
Examination and completion
If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.
- LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 2.2 credits, grading scale: P, F
- TEN1 - Examination, 6.8 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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
- Laboratory work (2,25 ECTS credits)- One written closed-book examination (6,75 ECTS credits)
Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination
Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination
- 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 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 IO2651
Main field of study
Hecht, E., Optics (4th ed. 2002), Addison Wesley.
Pedrotti, F., Pedrotti, L., Pedrotti, L., Introduction to Optics (3rd edition, 2007), Pearson Intl. Edition
Saleh, B., Teich, M., Fundamentals of Photonics (2nd ed. 2007), Wiley-Inerscience.
The course is replaced by SK2302 as from autumn term 2017.