Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2010.
|Dates & Locations:|| |
This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2010:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 3 one-hour lectures/week |
Total Time Commitment:
A second year subject in electrodynamics equivalent to 640-225 Electromagnetism and Relativity (Advanced) or 640-610 Quantum Mechanics.
|Recommended Background Knowledge:||None.|
|Non Allowed Subjects:||None.|
|Core Participation Requirements:||
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study and reasonable steps will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact upon their participation are encouraged to discuss this with the subject coordinator and the Disability Liaison Unit.
CoordinatorDr Nicole Bell
Optics and photonics are vibrant international research areas, advancing many aspects of modern life. From the determination of the structure and function of biomolecules to the study of stars and galaxies; from high-efficiency lighting to innovative display technologies, our understanding of optics relies on fundamental underpinnings in advanced quantum mechanics and wave theory.
The course includes the foundations of modern optical theory, including Fourier transforms in optics and diffraction-based imaging; non-linear optical processes such as generation of white light from femtosecond laser pulses, gigahertz optical modulators, and liquid crystal displays; light-atom interactions, the Einstein description of lasers, and optical Bloch equations; holography; quantumoptics including zero-point energy and vacuum fluctuations; quantum states of light and quantum squeezing; laser cooling of atoms, atom interferometry, and Bose-Einstein condensation.
Students will develop both analytic and computational problem-solving methods, the latter using standard tools such as MATLAB.
The objectives of this subject are to provide:
Four assignments totalling up to 36 pages of written work (20%), spaced equally during the semester, plus one 4-hour end-of-semester written examination (80%).
|Prescribed Texts:|| |
Fundamentals of Photonics, 2e, BEA Saleh and MC Teich, Wiley
The quantum theory of light, 2e, R Loudon, Oxford
Introduction to Optics, 3e, FL, LM and LS Pedrotti, Pearson
Introduction to Fourier Optics, JW Goodman, McGraw-Hill
Optics, 4e, E Hecht, Addison-Wesley
|Breadth Options:|| |
This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
At the completion of this subject, students should have gained skills in:
Students undertaking this subject will be expected to access a computer occasionally. Computational facilities will be provided within the School.
Master of Science (Physics) |
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