Checking date: 24/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Bachelor in Engineering Physics (Plan: 434 - Estudio: 363)

Coordinating teacher: ACEDO GALLARDO, PABLO

Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Electromagnetism and Optics Solid State Fundamentals for Engineering Electronic Engineering Fundamentals Statistical Physics
To learn the fundamentals of light emission, propagation and detection using photonic devices and components based on the fundamental principles of light-matter interaction. Introduction to the different fields of application of photonics in science and engineering.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1.- Revision: Electromagnetic waves propagation. Light as an electromagnetic wave. 2.-Light propagation in free space. Geometrical, undulatory and beam optics concepts. Interference and diffraction. Polarization of light. 3.-Light propagation in linear dielectric media. Dispersion. Integrated waveguides. Optical fibers and optical fiber components. 4.- Revision: Light as a particle: the photon. The black body radiation spectrum. Light-matter interaction: emission and absorption of light. Introduction to quantum states of light. 5.-Coherent emission of light: lasers. Stimulated emission and the laser effect. Working principles of lasers: Rate Equations. Types of lasers. Gas lasers, solid-state lasers, Semiconductor lasers (Edge emitting lasers and VCSELs), Quantum cascade lasers, Fiber optic lasers, Pulsed lasers: mode-locked lasers. Other (non-coherent) light Sources: LEDs. 6.- Light detection. Ideal photon detector. Responsivity. Heterodyne or coherent detection. Detection noise and classical detection limit (shot noise). Types of photon detectors: photodiodes, photomultipliers, CCDs, ¿ 7.- Other important photonic components: Electro-optics and acousto-optic modulators, Spatial light modulators. 8.- Photonics systems and subsystems examples
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. Knowledge and concepts students mustacquire. Receive course notes and will have basic reference texts.Students partake in exercises to resolve practical problems AF2. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring) or in-group (group tutoring) for students with a teacher.Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/ 100% on- site attendance. AF3. STUDENT INDIVIDUAL WORK OR GROUP WORK.Subjects with 6 credits have 98 hours/0% on-site. AF8. WORKSHOPS AND LABORATORY SESSIONS. Subjects with 3 credits have 4 hours with 100% on-site instruction. Subjects with 6 credits have 8 hours/100% on-site instruction. AF9. FINAL EXAM. Global assessment of knowledge, skills and capacities acquired throughout the course. It entails 4 hours/100% on-site MD1. THEORY CLASS. Classroom presentations by the teacher with IT and audiovisual support in which the subject`s main concepts are developed, while providing material and bibliography to complement student learning MD2. PRACTICAL CLASS. Resolution of practical cases and problem, posed by the teacher, and carried out individually or in a group MD3. TUTORING SESSIONS. Individualized attendance (individual tutoring sessions) or in-group (group tutoring sessions) for students with teacher as tutor. Subjects with 6 credits have 4 hours of tutoring/100% on-site. MD6. LABORATORY PRACTICAL SESSIONS. Applied/experimental learning/teaching in workshops and laboratories under the tutor's supervision.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Saleh B.E.A. and Teich M.C. . Fundamentals of Photonics. John Wiley and Sons Inc.. 1991
Additional Bibliography
  • Born M. and Wolf E. . Principles of Optics 7th ed.. Cambridge University Press. . 1999
  • Iizuka K. Engineering Optics 3rd Ed. Springer. 2008
  • Kingston R.H.. Optical Sources, Detectors, and Systems. Fundamentals and Applications. Academic Press . 1995
Recursos electrónicosElectronic Resources *
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The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.