Checking date: 16/05/2020

Course: 2019/2020

Advanced Physics
Study: Bachelor in Mobile and Space Communications Engineering (217)

Coordinating teacher: LOPEZ MARTINEZ, FERNANDO

Department assigned to the subject: Department of Physics

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Students are expected to have completed
Competences and skills that will be acquired and learning results. Further information on this link
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.
Description of contents: programme
I. WAVE OPTICS 1.1 Introduction to wave optics - Nature of light. Electromagnetic (EM) spectrum - Wave parameters. Energy and Intensity. Poynting`s vector - Wave Equation of EM Field. Solutions - Light Propagation in free media - Introduction to wave phenomena 1.2 Superposition of light waves. Interference - Same and Different Frequency. - Phase and group velocity. Beats - Stationary Waves - Coherence in wave optics. Spatial and Temporal - Constructive and Destructive Interference - Contrast, Visibility. - Interference by Wavefront Division. Young`s slit - Interference by Division of Amplitude. Thin Films - Diffraction - Fraunhofer and Fresnel diffraction - Diffraction by single and multiple slits - Optical instruments resolving power. Rayleigh criterion II. Interaction Light - Matter. Applications 2.1 Light-Matter Interaction. Basic phenomena Emission, absorption, reflection, refraction, scattering, luminescence. - Emission and Absorption - Optical materials. 2.2 The Black Body - Black Body Radiation. Planck's law. - Radiometric and photometric magnitudes. Radiometry 2.3 Radiation sources and detectors - Photodetection. Sources of radiation - Electro-Optical Systems. The infrared camera
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
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 and the academic weekly planning may change due academic events or other reasons.