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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Introduction to Photonics

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

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.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Third or Final year BE/BTech, First year ME/MTech/MS/PhDPREREQUISITES : Basic knowledge in Electromagnetics is preferredINDUSTRY SUPPORT : Sterlite Technologies, NeST Photonics, Tejas Networks, Vinvish Technologies, BEL, CGCRI, RRCAT, DRDO – LASTEC/IRDE/CHESS

Syllabus

Week 1 : Science of light – evolution, ray/wave/statistical/quantum opticsWeek 2 : Wave phenomena – Interference, Diffraction
Week 3 : Statistical properties of light - Coherence
Week 4 : What are photons? Photon properties - energy, flux, statistics
Week 5 : Interaction of photons with atoms
Week 6 : Light amplification
Week 7 : Laser fundamentals
Week 8 : Semiconductor junction characteristics
Week 9 : Semiconductor light sources
Week 10 : Semiconductor light detectors
Week 11 : Interaction of light with RF and acoustic waves
Week 12 : Nonlinear optics

Taught by

Prof. Balaji Srinivasan

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