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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PHYS3116 Photonics

15 creditsClass Size: 85

Module manager: Dr Jung-uk Shim

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21

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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentOnline Mid-Term Assessment30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)30.00

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

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online MCQ48 hr 00 mins70.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)70.00

Students will have to complete an online assessment at the end of the module. This will take place during the examinations period at the end of the semester and will be time bound. The assessment will not take 48 hours to complete, but students will have a 48 hour time period in which to complete it. Students must submit a reasonable attempt at all assessments for this module to pass this module.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 12/10/2020 15:48:24


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