autumn 2022
FYS-3009 Photonics - 10 ECTS

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester.

Exchange students and Fulbright students: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course for students on master level. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a Bachelor's degree in physics or similar education, including specialization in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level.

Course overlap

If you pass the examination in this course, you will get an reduction in credits (as stated below), if you previously have passed the following courses:

FYS-354 Photonics 9 stp
FYS-8009 Photonics 8 stp

Course content

The course treats traditional optics, waveguides and laser physics. Topics discussed are geometric optics, Gaussian beams, electromagnetic waves, integrated optics, optical fibers, optical amplification, laser theory and some laser systems. The students obtain practical experience through laboratory exercises.

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-1002 Electromagnetism

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student:

  • has good knowledge about general properties of light, beams and optical elements
  • knows the structure and use of optical waveguides and fibers
  • is familiar with resonators, optical amplifiers and lasers

Skills - The student is able to:

  • describe the propagation, reflection and transmission of light rays and optical beams through optical elements
  • apply Maxwells equations, in particular to analyze optical waveguides
  • set up equations for resonators, optical amplifiers and lasers
  • carry out basic optical measurements
  • characterize optical waveguides
  • measure the spectrum of a light source

General expertise - The student is able to:

  • analyse optical problems
  • interpret optical measurements results
  • handle optical components and equipment

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Lectures: 45 hours Exercises: 30 hours Laboratory exercises: 10 hours.

The course is given in every 3rd semester if there is a sufficient number of students.

Information to incoming exchange students

This course is open for inbound exchange students.

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty: INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE COORDINATORS AT THE FACULTIES | UiT


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
School exam 08.12.2022 09:00
4 Hours A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

Laboratory exercises and lab reports Approved – not approved
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More info about the coursework requirements

Coursework requirements:

  • Mandatory attendance during Lab-exercises
  • Two lab rapports must be accepted

Re-sit examination

There is no access to re-sit examination in this course
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-3009
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