• Offered by Physics Education Centre
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Physics
  • Areas of interest Physics

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 co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Understand and be able to explain the principles and operation of a laser
  2. Gain hands-on experience in working with lasers
  3. Understand and be able to apply the principles of optical modulation and detection as well as evaluate its performance
  4. Understand nonlinear optics and photonics phenomena and how the impact modern advanced technological systems
  5. Be able to apply complex optical techniques in cutting edge optical instrumentations and optical engineering applications
  6. Generate succinct laboratory reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis
  7. Demonstrate effective team work in laboratory experiments.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Examination (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
  2. Assignments (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  3. Laboratory (30) [LO 1,4,5,6,7]
  4. Advanced research case study (10) [LO 1,3,4,5,7]

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Workload

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

  • Face-to face component which may consist of 3 x 1 hour lectures plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week.
  • Approximately 58 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.

Inherent Requirements

To be determined

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be active in one of the following programs: 7606 Master of Photonics, Master of Science in Theoretical Physics, Master of Science (Adv) in Theoretical Physics, Master of Science in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement, Master of Science (Adv) in Precision Instrumentation and Measurement, Master of Science in Quantum Technology, Master of Science (Adv) in Quantum Technology Incompatible with PHYS3057, ENGN3512 and ENGN6512

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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. 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:
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
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

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
3846 24 Feb 2020 02 Mar 2020 08 May 2020 05 Jun 2020 In Person View

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