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Indian Institute of Technology Madras

Introduction to Photonics

Indian Institute of Technology Madras and NPTEL via Swayam

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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


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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