IO3655 Photonics 7.5 credits


Please note

This course has been cancelled.

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

  • 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 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.

Overview of recent progress in nanophotonics.

Course main content

  • Optical Amplifiers
  • Silicon Photonics
  • Plasmon based Nanophotonics
  • Emerging Areas in Photonics
  • Numerical Methods - FDTD & FEM, CAD
  • Semiconductor Lasers
  • Optoelectronic Integration


Enrolled PhD Student

Recommended prerequisites

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


 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.


  • Assignments, 3.5 credits, grade scale: P/F
  • Examination, 4.0 credits, grade scale: P/F

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics


Urban Westergren (


Urban Westergren <>

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


1.      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


Course syllabus valid from: Autumn 2011.