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Introduction to Photonics

Indian Institute of Technology Madras via NPTEL

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Overview

Introductory course in photonics leading to more advanced courses such as Lasers, Optical Communications, Optical Sensors and Photonics Integrated Circuits. The learning objectives are: (1) Learn the fundamental principles of photonics and light-matter interactions, (2) Develop the ability to formulate problems related to photonic structures/processes and analyze them, and (3) Understand processes that help to manipulate the fundamental properties of light.

Syllabus

Week

Lessons/Topics

 

Light Characteristics

1

Science of light – evolution, ray/wave/statistical/quantum optics 

2

Wave phenomena – Interference, Diffraction

3

Statistical properties of light - Coherence

4

What are photons? Photon properties - energy, flux, statistics

 

Generation/Detection of Photons

5

Interaction of photons with atoms

6

Light amplification

7

Laser fundamentals

8

Semiconductor junction characteristics

9

Semiconductor light sources

10

Semiconductor light detectors

 

Photon Manipulation

11

Interaction of light with RF and acoustic waves

12

Nonlinear optics

Taught by

Prof. Balaji Srinivasan

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