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IO2651 Optics 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus IO2651 (Autumn 2008–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

- 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

Specific prerequisites

The prerequisites of the Master Programme in Photonics.

Recommended prerequisites

The prerequisites of the Master Programme in Photonics. Basic courses in wave theory, electromagnetic field theory, are recommended.


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- Hecht, E., Optics (4th ed. 2002), Addison Wesley. Additional course material.

Undervisningsspråk: Engelska

Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • 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

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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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Sergei Popov

Supplementary information

Recommended reading

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.