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MCC046 - Photonics and lasers
Fotonik och laserteknik
 
Syllabus adopted 2021-02-26 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: MPWPS
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics
Department: 59 - MICROTECHNOLOGY AND NANOSCIENCE


Teaching language: English
Application code: 29126
Open for exchange students: Yes
Block schedule: A
Status, available places (updated regularly): Yes

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0118 Examination 7,5c Grading: TH   7,5c    

In programs

MPEES EMBEDDED ELECTRONIC SYSTEM DESIGN, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (elective)
MPWPS WIRELESS, PHOTONICS AND SPACE ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory)
MPCOM COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING, MSC PROGR, Year 1 (compulsory elective)

Examiner:

Magnus Karlsson

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Eligibility

General entry requirements for Master's level (second cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

English 6 (or by other approved means with the equivalent proficiency level)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Course specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge of physics, electromagnetic fields, and numerical work with MATLAB software.

Aim

The aim of the course is to provide the student with an up to date knowledge of concepts and techniques used in modern photonics. Different physical models for light propagation and interaction with matter are discussed, and they are implemented using modern numerical methods. The fundamentals of laser physics and laser applications is covered as well. A wide area of optical phenomena and applications is covered, from lenses and holography, to laser welding and optical data storage. The broad nature of the course gives a good background for further in-depth studies in the field of photonics.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

1. describe the four theories/models of light and apply the appropriate theory for a given optical problem.

2. implement the relevant model analytically and numerically, and use numerical software (e.g. MATLAB) to perform simulations of various optical systems.

3. discuss and apply the theories for interaction of light with matter.

4. describe qualitatively and quantitatively
- ray propagation in lenses and mirrors
- propagation and diffraction of Gaussian beams of light
- Fourier decomposition and analysis of light in terms of plane waves
- imaging, holography and optical waveguides
- coherence and the statistical properties of light
- polarization properties of light and how polarization components work
- how light is generated in a laser
- various laser types and their applications
- properties of laser light such as output power, frequency, line width, modes and dynamics
- laser safety, ethical aspects of photonics, and digitalization of society.

5. Collect and evaluate experimental data in a photonic laboratory while taking into account laser safety.

Content

A. ray optics, wave optics,
B. beam optics, optical resonators,
C. Fourier optics, diffraction, image formation, holography,
D. electromagnetic optics, polarization, birefringence,
E. optical waveguides and fibers,
F. coherence, photon-atom interaction, amplifiers and lasers
G. optical amplifiers, lasers, laser types, modelocking and Q-switching.

Organisation

  • lectures
  • exercise tutorials
  • numerical tutorials
  • numerical home assignments
  • laboratory exercises

Literature

B.E.A. Saleh and M.C. Teich: Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd ed., 2007, Wiley.

Examination including compulsory elements

Written exam, active participation in laboratory exercises pass on all compulsory assignments.

The course examiner may assess individual students in other ways than what is stated above if there are special reasons for doing so, for example if a student has a decision from Chalmers on educational support due to disability.


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