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PHY3304 Photonics

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Mathematics, Physics & Computing
Student contribution band : Band 2
Grading basis : Graded
Version produced : 17 May 2022


Pre-requisite: PHY1104 and PHY1911


Scientists working in many areas depend on imaging systems for their basic data, and optical phenomena have, in recent years, formed the foundation of new industries. Optoelectronics has become a major industry, therefore scientists, educators and other professionals need to have an understanding of waves and photons in context of modern technologies. This course will examine classical and quantum optics, both theoretically and experimentally, in the wider discipline of physics.

This course will explore classical optical physics in depth, including geometrical optics, optical instrumentation (such as telescopes), interference and diffraction along with classical electromagnetic theory, and other topics such as wave behaviour (polarization, dispersion, lasers, coherence, Fourier Optics). The quantum nature of light will also be explored in the context of quantum mechanics, detectors and optical fibres. This course contains a residential school that is linked to an assessment item and an element of assessment preparation.

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 External
Date printed 17 May 2022