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PHYS3116 Photonics

15 creditsClass Size: 85

Module manager: Dr Jung-uk Shim

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Pre-requisite qualifications

Level 2 Physics or equivalent

Module replaces

PHYS3115 Photonics

This module is not approved as a discovery module


By the end of the module students should be able to:

- describe the optical properties of birefringent media, including a mathematical description of the index ellipsoid
- describe the operation of various electro-optic modulators and discuss their purpose
- describe and perform calculations relating to second order nonlinear optical effects
- describe some third order nlo effects and their application
- describe the manipulation of materials using optical beams
- describe the scattering of single photons through a linear optics network
- have a basic understanding of the concept of photons
- model the creation of single photons by a two-level atom
- describe the time evolution of a two-level atom in the presence of a laser field.

Skills outcomes
Ability to model physical problems.


- Photonics
- Optical Anisotropy (Birefringence, Optical Indicatrix, Huygens construct)
- Modulation of Light (electro optic effect, acousto-optic effect, magneto optic effect)
- Nonlinear optics (Second Harmonic Generation, Coherence length, Phase Matching, Parametric effects, Third Order Effects, Materials)
- Manipulation of Materials using Optical Beams
- Introduction to Quantum Optics
- An introduction to single photon physics with applications
- A laser-driven two-level atom
- Spontaneous photon emission
- Einstein's rate equations.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours128.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- Reading/Private Study: 102 hours
- Non-marked examples/exercises: 26 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

3 x examples/exercises (marks do not count towards final mark for the module).

Methods of assessment

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)2 hr 30 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 08/03/2019


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