• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2017
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This course will feature advanced topics related to active areas of photonics research at the ANU.  Each year will include a selection from laser physics, quantum optics, quantum cryptographic communications, high-resolution metrology in the space sciences, nonlinear optics, photonic materials, modern imaging optical systems and astrophotonics.

Learning Outcomes

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

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

  1. Apply theoretical and practical foundations of photonics knowledge in an advanced topic
  2. Research by reading and understanding current technical literature which underpins the topic of study
  3. Organise the relevant technical ideas behind cutting edge photonic systems
  4. Write scientific and technical reports related to photonic systems.

Indicative Assessment

5 quizzes (10%), LO 1;

2 assignments (30%), LO 1 - 2;

2 essays (30%), LO 1 – 4;

1 lab report (10%) LO 1 - 5;

Oral presentation (20%), LO 1 – 5;

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3 contact hours a week and 7 hours a week of self-study and assignments

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 relevant to topic, as well as research articles from technical journals.

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.  Students are recommended to complete the first year of the Master of Engineering in Photonics program before enrolling in this course.


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:
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, 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.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
9603 24 Jul 2017 31 Jul 2017 31 Aug 2017 27 Oct 2017 In Person N/A

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