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SK2403 Applied Photonics 6.0 credits

The course covers both physical and engineering principles of important photonic components in visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared wavelength ranges. Several of these devices, such as semiconductor lasers, detectors, sensing and display technologies, are the foundation for our modern information society. Other topics covered, including white-light LEDs and solar cells, have also drastic impact on our modern lives in terms of energy saving.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers both physical and engineering principles of different photonic components in visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared wavelength ranges, which enable our modern information society.

Specifically, the course covers the following topics:

  • Light-emitting diodes
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Optical amplifiers
  • Optical detectors
  • Solar cells
  • Optical Modulators
  • Optoelectronic integration
  • Display technologies
  • Photonics in lighting
  • Infrared sources
  • Visible and infrared imaging

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course, the student should be able to

  • explain the structure and working principles of basic photonic devices.
  • make calculations and measurements to quantify performances of various photonic devices.
  • design appropriate photonic devices for achieving certain system requirements, including the aspects of energy consumption and sustainable development.
  • analyze the technological limits of various photonic devices and describe potential solutions to those problems.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least 120 credits in engineering and natural sciences and knowledge of English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Information about course literature is announced in the course PM.

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 1.0 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.

The examiner, in consultation with the KTH Disability Coordinator (Funka), decides on any adapted examination for students with documented permanent impairment. The examiner may grant another examination form for reexamination of single students.

Other requirements for final grade

The course is examined by written exam (TEN1; 4 credits, grade scale A / B / C / D / E / Fx / F), as well as approved assignments (INL1; 1 credits, grade scale P / F) and laboratory work (LAB1; 1 credits, grade scale P / F). The rating on TEN1 determines the grade on the course.

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 SK2403

Offered by

SCI/Applied Physics

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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