TFE4161 - Photonics I


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Electromagnetic optics: light matter interaction, polarization density, vector/scalar, beam optics. Polarization optics: reflection and refraction, anisotropic media, liquid crystals. Introduction to photonic crystals. Optical waveguides: optical fibers, integrated optics. Control of light: electro-optics, acousto-optics, nonlinear optics. Photonic components. Applications in optical sensor and measurement technology.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate has - in depth understanding of fundamental optical effects such as waveguiding, electrooptics, acoustooptics and nonlinear optics, applied in photonic components and systems - detailed knowledge about concepts and formalism used in the field of photonics - in depth understanding of the design and analysis of photonic components and systems - in depth understanding of selected applications of photonics within sensor- and optical measurement technology - a thorough understanding of electromagnetic optics, polarization optics, optical principles and effects that form the basis for photonic systems - good knowledge about practical photonic components and systems, and an overview of applications of photonics in sensor systems. Skills: The candidate can - combine previously acquired knowledge and skills in mathematics, solid state physics, electromagnetism and optics with new theory to analyze and design practical photonic components and systems. General knowledge: The candidate can - interpret and summarize literature in photonics - keep up with technological advances in photonics

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises. The course may be held in English.

There are five mandatory laboratory exercises. Lab journals must be approved for all exercises. One formal lab report must be written and approved to be allowed to take the exam. The lecturer or lab tutor will assign the lab exercise at the end of the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Lab exercises

Further on evaluation

If there is a re-sit examination in August, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

E.A.Saleh, M.C.Teich: Fundamentals of Photonics. Version 2 or Version 3.

More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Electrooptics/Biooptics
  • Physical Electronics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 C 2023-12-11 09:00 PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
DI41 Idrettssenteret (Dragvoll) 15
SL274 Sluppenvegen 14 1
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 C PAPIR
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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