Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.
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This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
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|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: 36 hours comprising 3 one-hour lectures/week |
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For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability
CoordinatorAssoc Prof Jeffrey Mccallum
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%).
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Fundamentals of Photonics, 2e, BEA Saleh and MC Teich, Wiley.
The quantum theory of light, 2e, R Loudon, Oxford.
Introduction to Fourier Optics, JW Goodman, McGraw-Hill.
Optics, 4e, E Hecht, Addison-Wesley.
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
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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.
Doctor of Philosophy - Engineering |
Master of Philosophy - Engineering
Master of Science (Physics)
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