IO3002 Optics 9.0 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

The course is a comprehensive overview of main subjects in optics, and gives a good starting point for the more specialized optics and laser physics courses within the areas of photonics, quantum optics/electronics, and optical physics. The extension part is specialized in more details in geometrical optics, imaging systems, optical design, and radiation.

  • Education cycle

    Third cycle
  • Main field of study

  • Grading scale

Last planned examination: spring 21.

At present this course is not scheduled to be offered.

Intended learning outcomes

After successful completing the course, the students should be able to:

  • Understand basics of the electromagnetic and scalar representation of optical fields
  • Identify the limitations of geometrical, scalar, and vector description of phenomena
  • Have clear understanding of the wave concept of optical fields, dispersion properties, and difference between the phase and group velocity of the light
  • Understand Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction as sequential approximations of the rigorous representation of the Huygens-Fresnel integral
  • Analyze polarization effects and operation of devices modifying the light polarization
  • Understand main concepts of linear imaging systems, including the difference between coherent and incoherent systems
  • Realize main operations and functions of the image processing using spatial filtering of the Fourier-components

In addition to the labs and exam (compulsory parts for advanced course in Optics), PhD students should complete personal assignments (2 credit points) possibly related to the topics of their research.

Course main content

Electromagnetic radiaiton, wave equaitons, propagation in vacuum and matter. Diffraction, interference, polarization. Coherent and incoherent light sources. Geometrical optics and image formation, optical analysis and design, image quality. Transfer of energy and information, radiometry and photometry.


Laboratory - LAB1; 2 credits

Personal assignments - ANN1; 2 credits

Written examination - TEN1; 5 credits


Recommended prerequisites

Courses on mathematics, physics, electromagnetism, completed within Master Programs in: Photonics, Nanotechnology, Microelectronics.



E. Hecht , Optics, Addison Wesley; 4 edition (2001),ISBN-10:0805385665.

F.L. Pedrotti, L.M. Pedrotti, L.S. Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, 3rd edition (2007),

ISBN-10: 0131499335.


Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Sergei Popov <>


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2012.