PHYSICS 7540 - Optics and Photonics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7540 Course Optics and Photonics Coordinating Unit School of Chemistry & Physics Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Prerequisites Sufficient Physics and Mathematics knowledge equivalent to 'Assumed Knowledge' Incompatible PHYSICS 3230, PHYSICS 3001, PHYSICS 3540 Assumed Knowledge PHYSICS 2520 or PHYSICS 2525, PHYSICS 3542, MATHS 2101 or MATHS 2201, MATHS 2102 or MATHS 2202 or equivalent Course Description This course provides students with a working knowledge of optical physics, including diffraction and physical optics, atomic physics and optical spectroscopy, laser physics and photonics. It also provides a basis for further study in optics and photonics.
Content will include:
Optical fibres, microstructured optical fibres, fibre Bragg gratings, fibre sensors, optical materials, photonic crystals.
Lorentz electron oscillator and dispersion, Fresnel equations and multi-layer dielectric coatings, polarisation and birefringence. Fresnel-Kirchhoff integral and diffraction, Fourier optics, Abbe's theory of imaging, image processing.
Lasers; Einstein equations, stimulated and spontaneous emission and absorption, optical amplification, resonators and modes, rate equations, pulsed and continuous lasers, mode-locked lasers.
Course Coordinator: Dr Rodney Crewther
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
- define and explain the propagation of light in conducting and non-conducting media;
- define and explain the physics governing laser behaviour and light matter interaction;
- apply wave optics and diffraction theory to a range of problems;
- apply the principles of atomic physics to materials used in optics and photonics;
- calculate the properties of various lasers and the propagation of laser beams;
- calculate properties of and design modern optical fibres and photonic crystals;
- use the tools, methodologies, language and conventions of physics to test and communicate ideas and explanations;
- integrate several components of the course in the context of a new situation (unique to postgraduate coursework).
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3 – 6 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 7, 8 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3 – 7 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1 – 6 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 7, 8
This course requires the following texts and other resources:
- Not applicable
- Buck, J.A., Fundamentals of Optical Fibres, John Wiley & Son, 2004
- Joannopoulos, J. D. et al., Photonic Crystals: Moulding the Flow of Light, Princeton Univ. Press, 1995
- Johnson S. G. and Joannopoulos, J. D., Photonic Crystals: The Road from Theory to Practice, Kluwer, 2002
- Hawker & Latimer: Lasers, Theory and Practice, Prentice Hall, 1995.
- Verdeyen J., Laser Electronics, 3rd edition, Prentice Hall, 1995
- Yariv, A.: Optical Electronics, Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 4th edition, 1991
- Saleh & Teich: Photonics
- Guenther, R., Modern Optics
- Goodman, J.W., Introduction to Fourier Optics
- Hecht, E., Optics
- Pedrotti F.L., and Pedrotti, L.S., Introduction to Optics (the Photonics II text)
- Siegman, A.E., Lasers
- Yariv, A., Optical Electronics- Born M., and Wolf, E., Principles of Optics
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
This course is delivered by the following means:
- 3 Lectures of 1 hour each per week- 1 Tutorial of 1 hour per week
No information currently available.
Learning Activities Summary
The course content includes the following:
Wave Optics (12 lectures)
- Techniques for solving the wave equation: Hermite-Gaussian solution, integral methods
- Fraunhofer diffraction
- Fourier optics
- Abbe’s theory of imaging
- Amplitude spatial filtering
- Phase spatial filtering
- Babinet’s principle
Spectroscopy (6 lectures)
- Energy levels of atoms and molecules
- Fine hyperfire structure
- Radiative transitions
- Spectroscopic techniques
Laser Physics (12 lectures)
- Quantum mechanical description of the interaction of light with matter.
- Spontaneous and stimulated emission.
- Rate equation, saturation, broadening, amplifiers, oscillators.
- Review of Gaussian beams:
- Laser resonators and laser beam propagation.
- Pulsed Lasers:
- Q-switching, relaxation oscillation, mode locking.
- Review of common lasers,
Optical Fibres & Photonic crystals (6 lectures)
- Step index, graded index and Microstructured optical fibres
- Fibre Bragg Gratings, Fibre SensorsFundamentals of Photonic crystals, band diagrams, defect states
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Percentage of total assessment for grading purposes #
Yes or No #
Outcomes being assessed / achieved
Projects/Assignments & Tests
Formative & Summative
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Description of Assessment:
While this course is offered concurrently to undergraduate students, all postgraduate students are expected to perform at a higher level both qualitatively and quantitatively. To facilitate this, postgraduate students are required to address additional content in the assignments/tests and the examination within the same timeframe as undergraduate students.
Projects, Assignments and Tests: (40% of total course grade)
The standard assessment consists of 2 projects/assignments and 2 tests. This may be varied by negotiation with students at the start of the semester. This combination of projects, tests and summative assignments is used during the semester to address understanding of and ability to use the course material and to provide students with a benchmark for their progress in the course.
Postgraduate students are required to complete additional assessment tasks within each project/assignment to demonstrate additional understanding of the course material, in particular the ability to integrate different course components in a novel context.
Written Examination: (60% of total course grade)
One 3 hour exam is used to assess the understanding of and ability to use the material. Within the 3 hours, postgraduate students are required to answer additional question(s) in comparison to the undergraduate exam.
For each student, the result is determined by combining the components Projects/Assignments, Tests and Written Exam using each of the possible weightings:
- 20%(Projects/Assignments) + 20%(Tests) + 60%(Exam)
- 20%(Projects/Assignments) + 5%(Tests) + 75%(Exam)
- 5%(Projects/Assignments) + 20%(Tests) + 75%(Exam)The Final Result is the maximum of these calculated values.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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