Checking date: 01/09/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Electromagnetic optics and photonics
Master in Quantum Technologies and Engineering (Plan: 476 - Estudio: 379)

Coordinating teacher: ACEDO GALLARDO, PABLO

Department assigned to the subject: Electronic Technology Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
The objective of this course is, on the one hand, to review the fundamental concepts of electromagnetic optics (from the classical point of view) as a starting point for the concepts of quantum optics that will be taught later and, on the other hand, to review the fundamental photonic components used in quantum engineering technologies (lasers, detectors, ....).
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
- - Electromagnetic waves: superposition, reflection, refraction, diffraction, interference and polarization. - - Propagation of EM waves in free space, waveguides and optical fibers. - - Semi-classical model for light-matter interaction. Absorption, Spontaneous emission and stimulated emission. - - Lasers. Properties of laser light: spectral and spatial coherence. Laser types (gas, solid state, semiconductor, quantum cascade, optical fiber, etc). Pulsed lasers. - - Photodetectors. Responsivity and noise. Detection limits. Heterodyne detection. - - Photodiodes, photomultipliers, CCDs, photon counters.
Learning activities and methodology
Leraning activities: AF1 Theoretical class AF2 Practical classes AF3 Theoretical and practical classes AF4 Laboratory practices AF5 Tutorials AF7 Individual student work AF8 Partial and final exams Teaching methodologies: MD1 Class lectures by the professor with the support of computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement the students' learning. MD2 Critical reading of texts recommended by the professor of the subject: articles, reports, manuals and/or academic articles, either for later discussion in class, or to expand and consolidate the knowledge of the subject. MD3 Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. .... posed by the teacher individually or in groups.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 60
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 40

Basic Bibliography
  • Bahaa E. A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich. Fundamentals of Photonics. Wiley. 2007
Additional Bibliography
  • F.X. Kaertner . Fundamentals of Photonics. 6.602(UG)/6.621(U) Course Notes. MIT. 2009

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