6 ECTS credits
180 h study time
Offer 1 with catalog number 4020325ENR for all students in the 1st semester
a (E) Master - advanced level.
- 1st semester
- Enrollment based on exam contract
- Grading method
- Grading (scale from 0 to 20)
- Can retake in second session
- Taught in
- Partnership Agreement
- Under interuniversity agreement for degree program
- Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen
- Applied Physics and Photonics
- Educational team
- Jan Danckaert
- Activities and contact hours
- 36 contact hours Lecture
36 contact hours Seminar, Exercises or Practicals
- Course Content
Position of the course
Introducing the microscopic origin of optical phenomena and transferring concepts from microscopic to macroscopic descriptions. Illustrating optical properties like anisotropy, non-linearity and variation by means of electric, elastic, acoustic or magnetic effects in basic components. All lectures are held atVUB with co-lecturer from UGent.
- Properties of linear isotropic materials: examples, microscopic theory, definitions
- Light propagation in anisotropic dielectrics: polarisation, propagation, matrix
- Formalism, reflection
- Properties of linear anisotropic dielectrics: tensors, types of materials, optical activity
- Modification of optical properties: microscopic theory, electro- photo- elasto- acousto-
- Magneto- optic effects
- Liquid crystals: types of ordering, switching behavior Non-linear optical materials:
- Second-order effects, phase-relations, OPO, material examples
- Course material
- Course text (Required) : Optical Materials, Danckaert - Neyts - Verschaffelt - Tassin - Van Brabant - Beeckman - Veretennicoff, VUB, 2220170007953, 2020
Handbook (Recommended) : Optical Waves in Crystals, Propagation and Control of Laser Radiation, A. Yariv, Wiley, 9780471430810, 2002
Handbook (Recommended) : Introduction to Complex Mediums for Optics and Electromagnetics, Weiglhofer and Lakhtakia, SPIE press, 9780819449474, 2003
- Additional info
This course is also taught entirely at UGENT (Please visit the following link for more course info about UGent version: http://studiegids.ugent.be/2014/EN/studiefiches/E024800.pd)
- Learning Outcomes
- Understand and explain the microscopic and macroscopic theory of linear (isotropic and anisotropic) optical materials and light propagation.
- Understand and explain mechanisms for modifying the optical properties of materials: electric, magnetic, elastic and acoustic methods, including liquid crystals.
- Understand and explain basic non-linear optical effects
- Solve exercises that are based on linear (isotropic and anisotropic) optical materials, modification of optical properties and liquid crystals.
- Calculate the propagation of light and the change in polarization
- Make written and oral reports about optical phenomena and devices
The final grade is composed based on the following categories:
Other Exam determines 100% of the final mark.
Within the Other Exam category, the following assignments need to be completed:
with a relative weight of 1
which comprises 100% of the final mark.
Note: During examination period: 70%
1. theory exam: closed-book exam with oral examination;
2. problem solving exam: open-book exam.
During semester: graded project reports; graded oral presentation.
1 computerpracticum (written report): 10%, week 10.
1 literature study (written report and oral presentation): 20%, week 12.
- Additional info regarding evaluation
Written exam (problem solving), followed by oral exam (theory).
During semester: graded project written report and graded oral presentation.
- Allowed unsatisfactory mark
- The supplementary Teaching and Examination Regulations of your faculty stipulate whether an allowed unsatisfactory mark for this programme unit is permitted.
This offer is part of the following study plans:
Master of Photonics Engineering: On campus traject
Master of Photonics Engineering: Online/Digital traject
Master of Electrical Engineering: Standaard traject BRUFACE J