• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Mohsen Rahmani
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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Some of the most active areas of photonics research and development, both in scientific laboratories and in industrial commercialisation, are in applications related to bio- and nanotechnology.  This course provides the underlying fundamentals and understanding of the latest developments in photonics related to medical applications and advanced nano materials and devices.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:


  1. Understand the important aspects of optical instrumentation in biology and medicine
  2. Understand the interaction between light waves and cells and tissues, including imaging, absorption, scattering and fluorescence
  3. Appreciate some basic design concepts in biomedical instrumentation involving photonics
  4. Understand the distinctive features of optics in nano-scale structures with sub-wavelength dimensions
  5. Understand the optical properties of metals and the key concepts of plasmonics
  6. Be able to model electromagnetic waves in simple nano-structures using appropriate mathematical techniques
  7. Appreciate the current and proposed technologies in which nano-photonic principals are applied
  8. Identify the techniques used for the design, fabrication and measurement of nano-photonic structures.

Indicative Assessment

6 quizzes (10%), LO1 - 8

4 assignments (30%), LO 1 - 8

Exam (40%), LO1 - 8

2 essays (20%), one to cover LO1 – 3, and one LO 4 – 8.

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3 contact hours a week plus 7 hours a week of self-study

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Engineering (Photonics), or with prior approval of the course convenor.

Prescribed Texts

Lecture notes and select references (eg. Nanophotonics by P. N. Prasad and Introduction to Biophotonics by P. N. Prasad)

Assumed Knowledge

Two semesters of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers; two semesters of first year university advanced level physics

Students must be familiar with the basic theory of optics, including familiarity with Maxwell’s equations and wave concepts.


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. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3660
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4878
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
4554 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person

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