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2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
CAPE5725M Materials for Photonic Applications
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Professor AJ Bell
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Module replacesCAPE5711M Materials for Functional Applications
This module is not approved as an Elective
ObjectivesThe objective of this module is to provide students with a very clear understanding of the technological, engineering and commercial challenges underpinning the use of materials in the production of advanced photonic devices.
At the end of this module, students should:
- understand the historical development of functional materials to satisfy the needs of different industrial sectors;
- appreciate the significance of market pull and technology push in the development of novel photonic materials;
- understand the limitations on the properties which may be obtained in particular materials classes;
- be able to recognise and interpret microstructures in a range of functional materials and account for their development;
- understand the exploitation of the process-microstructure-properties relationship in materials science in the design of functional materials with an appropriate combination of properties;
- understand the complex materials issues involved in producing integrated functional devices and be able to offer solutions to problems which may arise;
- be aware of current developments in materials science in the functional materials sector and its potential impact on design and technology;
- survey and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to the above.
- Understanding of guided optics based on reflection, refraction, transmission and absorption, characterisation methods for refractive index, UV-visible and IR spectroscopy techniques and applications in bulk optical, thin films and optical fibre characterizations.
- Refractive index of dielectric and semiconductor materials, laws governing guided optical medium, dispersion of light and definitions and characterisations of different types of dispersion phenomena in guided optics, fabrication and characterisation of optical fibres, laser cavity and characterisation.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||2||1.00||2.00|
|Independent online learning hours||10.00|
|Private study hours||91.00|
|Total Contact hours||49.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private studyIndependent on-line learning which consolidates and extends the lecture material and allows students to assess their progress (10 hours);
Revision of lecture material in preparation for tests (40 hours);
Report writing (51 hours).
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackMost of the coursework
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Class test||25.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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