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IO2655 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 IO2655 (Spring 2011–) 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 and photonic state manipulation at the quantum level.

- Overview of recent progress in nanophotonics.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Not relevant, see "Prerequisites"

Recommended prerequisites

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


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 Saleh & Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd edition. Other course material includes lecture notes and lab instructions. Some relevant chapters of the following reference books can also be helpful: Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, 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

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


  • ANN1 - Assignments, 3.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.0 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

  • Home assignments: max 14 points, 50% needed to pass
  • Written examination: max 16 points, 40% needed to pass

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 IO2655

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Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second 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: A-F


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.

Text books:

Compendium based on various sources

The course is replaced by SK2812 as from autumn term 2017.