IO2691 Optics, General Course 6.0 credits

Optik, allmän kurs

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

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.

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

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Basic knowledge in classical physics, especially waves and elementary optics and mathematics (vector analysis, differential equations, Fourier transforms).

Recommended prerequisites

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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

Examination *

  • LAB1 - Laboratory Course, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 4.5 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 (1,5 ECTS credits)- One written closed-book examination (4,5 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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Sergei Popov

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 IO2691

Offered by

ICT/Material Physics

Main field of study *


Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

Courses and master theses in optical physics, photonics and laser technology at the department of Microelectronics and Information Technology (IMIT), the department of Physics and others.