- Class Number 2480
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Dragomir Neshev
- Prof Francois Rigaut
- Dr Hoe Tan
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
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 lasers, interferometry, electro-optic modulation, light detection, 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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and be able to explain the principles and operation of a laser;
- Gain hands-on experience in working with lasers;
- Understand and be able to apply the principles of optical modulation and detection as well as evaluate its performance;
- Understand nonlinear optics and photonics phenomena and how they impact modern advanced technological systems;
- Be able to apply complex optical techniques in cutting edge optical instrumentations and optical engineering applications;
- Generate succinct laboratory reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis;
- Demonstrate effective team work in laboratory experiments.
Saleh & Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001)
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- marked assignment
- marked lab reports
- tutorial discussions
ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
Please note, that where there are multiple assessment tasks of the same type, e.g weekly quizzes, a date range is used in the Assessment Summary. The first date is the approximate due date of the first task, the return date is the approximate return date for the final task. Further information is provided in the assessment section of the class summary, and details are provided on the course wattle site.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1-12 lectures Approximately 25 lectures will be given in different topic areas. This will be augmented by guest lectures and student presentations||Lasers and Semiconductor Optics x 1 assignment Fourier Optics x 1 assignment Nonlinear Optics x 1 assignment|
|2||Week 2-12 Laboratories||Open cavity laser lab report Fourier optics lab report Nonlinear lab report|
|3||Student presentation||Short presentations by each student on an advanced research topic|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Assignment x 3||30 %||*||*||1,2,3,4,5|
|Laboratory reports x 2||30 %||*||*||1,4,5,6,7|
|End of Semester Exam||30 %||03/06/2021||01/07/2021||1,3,4,5|
|Student presentation||10 %||*||*||1,3,4,5,7|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:
The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the Academic Integrity . In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.
Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation in this course requires as a minimum:
- attendance of laboratories.
- student lecture presentations.
- submission of assignments.
Face-to-face teaching in this course consists of 5 lectures and one tutorial in any two week period. Although the majority of the lecture material will be posted online, it is strongly recommended that students attend all lectures.
Please refer to the ANU examination timetable or PHYS3057 Wattle page for exam times and locations.
Please note, that where a date range is used in the Assessment Summary in relation to exams, the due date and return date indicate the approximate timeframe in which the exam will be held and results returned to the student (official end of Semester results released on ISIS). Students should consult the course wattle site and the ANU final examination timetable to confirm the date, time and venue of the exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Assignment x 3
- Lasers and Semiconductor Optics x 1 assignment
- Fourier Optics x 1 assignment
- Nonlinear Optics x 1 assignment
Value: 10% each (total 30%)
There are 3 assignments due over the semester. It is intended that the marked assignments will be returned within 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,4,5,6,7
Laboratory reports x 2
Chose two of the following labs
- Lasers Lab Report
- Fourier Optics Lab report
- SHG Lab report
Value: 15% each (total 30%)
Due: The labs are done in groups of two and are spread across the semester. The schedule will be compiled in the first week of the semester. Reports are due 1 week after completion of the lab.
There are 2 assignments due over the semester. It is intended that the marked reports will be returned within 1 week after submission. Further details can be found on the Course Wattle site.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
End of Semester Exam
The exam will be scheduled via the ANU Examinations Office, please check the Exam timetable for Scheduling.
The date range in the Assessment Summary indicates the start of the end of semester exam period and the date official end of semester results are released on ISIS. Please check the ANU final Examination Timetable http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/examination-timetable to confirm the date, time and location exam.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5,7
Student presentations on advanced research topics of choice are conducted at the end of the course. Students usually would prepare and present in a team to encourage collaborative work. The assessment of presentations is done by the Optical Society Student Chapter at the ANU and is moderated by the lecturers. Awards for best presentation are awarded by the Student Chapter. Student presentations will be scheduled at the beginning of the semester.
The presentations schedule will be compiled in the first week of the semester. Students will present on different dates which will be discussed in class.
Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.
The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.
The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.
You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) submission must be through Turnitin.
For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission permitted. Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.
Assignments will be returned electronically
Extensions and Penalties
Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.
Resubmission of Assignments
No re-submission of assignments is permitted.
Distribution of grades policy
Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.
Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.
Support for students
The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).
- ANU Health, safety & wellbeing for medical services, counselling, mental health and spiritual support
- ANU Diversity and inclusion for students with a disability or ongoing or chronic illness
- ANU Dean of Students for confidential, impartial advice and help to resolve problems between students and the academic or administrative areas of the University
- ANU Academic Skills and Learning Centre supports you make your own decisions about how you learn and manage your workload.
- ANU Counselling Centre promotes, supports and enhances mental health and wellbeing within the University student community.
- ANUSA supports and represents undergraduate and ANU College students
- PARSA supports and represents postgraduate and research students
Prof Dragomir Neshev
Prof Francois Rigaut