• Offered by Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Photonics, Physics, Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Prof Francois Rigaut
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2020
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This course includes an on campus activity/ies. Check timetable for details. Contact course convener if you are unable to travel to Canberra.

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, highresolution 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:

  1. Apply theoretical and practical foundations of photonics knowledge in an advanced topic;
  2. Conduct background research by reading and understanding current technical literature;
  3. Analyse cutting edge photonic systems;
  4. Organise the technical ideas behind cutting edge photonic systems;
  5. Observe critically and participate in an advanced experimental project in a research laboratory.

Indicative Assessment

  1. 5 quizzes (15) [LO 1]
  2. 3 assignments (45) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. 1 lab report (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  4. Final Exam (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 hour per week
  • Approximately 96 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks (average 7 hours per week .

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in the course you must be currently enrolled in the Master of Astronomy & Astrophysics (Advanced), the Master of Science in Astronomy & Astrophysics, the Master of Science (Advanced) in Astronomy & Astrophysics, Master of Science in Quantum Technology, Master of Science (Advanced) in Quantum Technology, Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement, Master of Science (Advanced) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement, Master of Science in Theoretical Physics or Master of Science (Advanced) in Theoretical Physics. Incompatible with PHYS8016, ASTR4011 and ASTR8011

Prescribed Texts

Lecture notes and select references relevant to topic, as well as research articles from technical journals.

Assumed Knowledge

12 units of university level mathematics for physicists and engineers; 12 units 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:
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
2020 $4050
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $5760
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
8551 27 Jul 2020 03 Aug 2020 31 Aug 2020 30 Oct 2020 In Person N/A

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