- Code PHYS3057
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Physics
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Physics
- Areas of interest Physics
This course has been adjusted for remote participation in Sem 1 2021 due to COVID-19 restrictions. On-campus activities will also be available.
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.
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
- Generate succinct laboratory reports based on experimental observations and theoretical analysis
- Demonstrate effective team work in laboratory experiments
- Examination (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Assignments (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Laboratory (30) [LO 1,2,4,5,6]
- Presentation (10) [LO 1,3,4,5]
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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 x 1 hour lectures per week, plus 1 x 3 hour practical per week commencing week 2
- Approximately 61 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Saleh & Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics (John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2001) or later editions.
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