Checking date: 16/06/2021

Course: 2021/2022

Advanced Physics
Study: Bachelor in Telematics Engineering (215)

Coordinating teacher: LOPEZ MARTINEZ, FERNANDO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Students should acquire the fundamentals of Applied Optics and different skills and abilities in this area. Understanding these basics will allow them in turn to acquire the skills necessary to apply the optical models to simple problems resolution. In particular, those corresponding to wave optics, geometrical optics and quantum optics (light as photons accumulation). At the completion of this topic, students must understand the basic phenomena involved in the interaction of light and matter, their dependence on the wavelength and the properties involved in the generation, transmission and detection of light. Also students must understand the basics of the huge number of applications based on optics and photonics. 3D vision, micro and nano technologies in optics, infrared vision, remote sensing, scientific understanding of global warming,... Finally, after acquiring a well-founded basic knowledge, the students also acquire the ability of understanding and using future developments and further applications arising in the changing world of Photonics.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
I. WAVE OPTICS 1.1 Introduction to wave optics - Nature of light. Electromagnetic Spectrum (EM) - Wave parameters. Energy and Intensity. Poynting`s vector - The Wave Equation of the EM Field. Solutions - Propagation of light in free media - Introduction to wave phenomena 1.2 Superposition of light waves. Interference - Equal and Different Wavelength. - Phase and group velocity. Beats. - Standing waves - Coherence in Wave Optics. Spatial and Temporal - Constructive and Destructive Interference - Contrast, Visibility. - Interference by wave front division. Young's slit - Interference by amplitude division. Thin films. II. Light-Matter Interaction. Applications 2.1 Light-Matter Interaction. Macro interaction. Diffraction. Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction. Resolving power of optical Instruments. Rayleigh criterion. Classic EM interaction. Light generation by oscillating electrons. The oscillating dipole. The Lorentz model. Emission, absorption, reflection, refraction, scattering, luminescence. The complex refractive index. The dispersion of light. Optical materials. 2.2 Planck's Law. The limitations of classical Electromagnetism and Thermodynamics: The ultraviolet catastrophe. - The Black Body radiation. Planck´s Law: the birthday of Quantum Mechanics. Grey and spectral emitters. - Applications of Planck's Law. Infrared remote sensing
Learning activities and methodology
-In the lectures the theoretical concepts previously described, will be discussed. - Given the advanced nature of the subject, when methodologically appropriate, problems solving and questions, similar to those of the exams, in order to: Identify the more important Optics and the light-matter interaction laws involved. Analyze the logic of the result obtained: orders of magnitude, relate the most important conclusions to other scientific and technological subjects involved in advanced optics - Tutorial sessions will be schedule throughout the course, available to students at will. These sessions must be requested in advance
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • E. HECHT, A. ZAJAC. OPTICS. Addison Wesley. ultima disponible
Additional Bibliography
  • GUENTHER, R.. Modern Optics. J. Wiley & Sons, N.Y.. Más reciente disponible
  • R. P. Feynman.. The Feynman Lectures on Physics. Millenium Edition. Basic Books. 2010

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.