• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Daniel Shaddock
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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Optics continues to play a central role in answering the most profound scientific questions of our time. Optics is at the heart of many of the world's most powerful scientific instruments, enabling modern telescopes to achieve previously unimaginable resolution, and probing general relativity with a global network of gravitational wave detectors. This course includes interferometry, electro-optic modulation, light detection, quantum noise, nonlinear optics, photonics and the use of lasers. Expert guest lecturers will describe the application of these techniques to fields such as astronomy, gravitational wave detection and nanophotonics. The course will also provide critical experimental skills with optical instrumentation needed for many areas of research. This course is the core 3rd year optics course and complements PHYS3031 which focuses on the concepts of atom-light interaction.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

In this course students will:

1. Learn the principles of optical modulation and detection.

2. Understand limitations of quantum noise in optical measurements.

3. Understand nonlinear optics and photonics phenomena.

4. Be exposed to the application of optical techniques in cutting edge research areas.

5. Develop advanced laboratory and report writing skills.

 

Indicative Assessment

UG assessment will be based on:  Examination 30%, laboratory 30%, assignments 30%, case study 10%

PG assessment will be based on:   Examination 30%, laboratory 30%, assignments 10%, case study 30%

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Workload

Approximately 30 lectures, 6 tutorials, 18 hours of laboratory.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed PHYS2016 and PHYS2017. You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed PHYS3031 and PHYS3055

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $1650
2004 $1926
2005 $2298
2006 $2520
2007 $2520
2008 $2916
2009 $2916
2010 $2916
2011 $2946
2012 $2946
2013 $2946
2014 $2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 $3390
2004 $3450
2005 $3450
2006 $3618
2007 $3618
2008 $3618
2009 $3618
2010 $3750
2011 $3756
2012 $3756
2013 $3756
2014 $3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4071 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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