SK3884 Photonics 7.5 credits


Suitable for master students in: TIKTM, TTFYM/TFYC and TFYD, TELFM

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

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 as PhD student.

Recommended prerequisites

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


Saleh & Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd edition. Föreläsningsanteckningar samt laborationsinstruktioner. Vissa relevanta kapitel i följande böcker kan vara till hjälp: Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems samt 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


Min Yan (


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: Pass/Fail


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.

In order to get the course credits, a PhD student has to pass the written exam and complete an extra assignment with a satisfying grade as evaluated by one of the teachers. The assignment can take the form of a photonic material or device simulation, hands-on experiment, or even literature review of a state-of-the-art research area, etc. Contact a teacher to arrange for your extra assignment. Proposals for the subject area by the student are welcome. A written report should be submitted for the purpose of evaluation. The corresponding workload of the assignment is approximately 2 working days.

Text books:

Compendium based on various sources

Replaces IO3655


Course syllabus valid from: Spring 2017.