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SK2404 Optical Measurement Technology 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus SK2404 (Spring 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course covers a range of optical measurement techniques, with an emphasis on optical sensors. The structure of the course is based on a general overview with the aim of providing an understanding of basic sensor concepts covering measurement parameters, materials, light sources and detectors. Lectures cover examples and theory with different solutions for specific applications. Laboratory exercises will provide hands-on experience of related topics, with guest speakers from industry presenting the use of optical measurement technology in industrial applications. If possible, on-site company visits will be arranged.

Specifically, the course covers the following topics:

Basic knowledge of light sources, detectors and detection techniques. Optical measurements with non-classical light sources. Knowledge of basic principles of optical fiber sensors, as well as manufacturing and handling. Analysis of optical fiber sensors the transfer matrix method. Interferometric sensors for temperature and strain detection, distance and rotation measurements. Absorption, Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, students must be able to:

  • design basic optical components
  • identify physical measurement problems where (fiber) optics can be used
  • design and perform basic measurements using optical fiber sensors
  • analyze experimental results from optical experiments

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

SK2303 (Optical Physics, 7.5 credits) or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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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 - Home assignments, 1.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • LAB1 - Laboratory work, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Oral examination, 2.0 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.

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 room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Engineering Physics

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Michael Fokine,