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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 replaces

CAPE5711M Materials for Functional Applications

This module is not approved as an Elective


The 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.

Learning outcomes
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.

Advanced Optics
- 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.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment21.002.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours91.00
Total Contact hours49.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Independent 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 Feedback

Most of the coursework
Tutorial sessions

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Practical ReportPractical25.00
Essay2000 words25.00
PresentationPoster Presentation25.00
In-course AssessmentClass test25.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 30/04/2019


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