TFE4166 - Photonics II


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours F

Course content

The course will provide students with a thorough understanding of the physical principles and effects that form the basis for photonic components and systems. The course will also provide an overview of practical photonic components, as well as provide an introduction to the applications of these in optical communication systems. The following topics are covered: photon optics, photon-atom interaction, laser amplifiers, resonator optics, lasers, semiconductor optics, semiconductor sources and detectors, fiber optics and optical communication.

Learning outcome

The candidate has
- advanced knowledge about the properties of photons, photon-atom interaction, and photon sources and detectors
- detailed knowledge of the design, performance and limitations of optical communication systems

The candidate can
- perform detailed calculations of functional characteristics of photonic components
- perform detailed design of photonic systems based on photonic component models
- use advanced optical instrumentation for characterization of photonic components and systems

General competence:
The candidate can
- collaborate in group in solving and carrying out laboratory tasks
- document results from experimental work in report form
- find, interpret and apply relevant literature for solving theoretical and practical problems

Learning methods and activities

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

Compulsory assignments

  • Laboratory exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

E.A.Saleh, M.C.Teich: Fundamentals of Photonics.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FE8801 3.7 01.09.2017
FE8127 3.7 01.09.2017
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Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 4
No.of specialization hours: 5

Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

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

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Electronic Systems



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 F
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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