PHYSICS 7540 - Optics and Photonics
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2021
General Course Information
Course Code PHYSICS 7540 Course Optics and Photonics Coordinating Unit School of Physical Sciences Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 5 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y 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 optics and photonics, including wave optics, physical optics and introductory laser physics. It also provides a basis for further study in photonics.
Wave optics content: solutions of the wave equation, including Hermite-Gaussian laser modes, optical cavities, Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction integrals; Fourier optics; Array Theorem; amplitude and phase spatial filtering.
Physical optics content: Fresnel equations; Lorentz electron oscillator model & dispersion, polarisation, birefringence and applications; optical activity; Faraday effect.
Laser physics content: laser resonators; Einstein coefficients; stimulated amplification of light; laser oscillators; mode control; overview of some real lasers.
Course Coordinator: Professor Peter Veitch
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) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1-7 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
3-7 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
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
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.A student enrolled in a 3 unit course, such as this, should expect to spend, on average 12 hours per week on the studies required. This includes both the formal contact time required to the course (e.g., lectures and practicals), as well as non-contact time (e.g., reading and revision).
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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Outcomes being assessed / achieved
Projects/Assignments & Tests
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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.
If an extension is not applied for, or not granted then a penalty for late submission will apply. A penalty of 10% of the value of the assignment for each calendar day that the assignment is late (i.e. weekends count as 2 days), up to a maximum of 50% of the available marks will be applied. This means that an assignment that is 5 days late or more without an approved extension can only receive a maximum of 50% of the marks available for that assignment.
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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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