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On completion the student should have a comprehensive knowledge of non-linear optics, the techniques used for the generation, high speed switching and detection of optical pulses, optical communications systems and optically based sensor systems, in short, be familiar with different elements of optical technology in widespread use. As the course has a strong technical flavour, the student should be comfortable with optical system design as well as performing calculations to evaluate system characteristics.Indicative Module Content:
Polarisation and birefringence, index ellipsoid. Second harmonic generation and higher order processes. Three wave mixing, sum and difference properties. Optical parametric oscillation and amplification. Phase conjugation. High harmonic generation, attosecond pulses. Modulators: acousto-optic, electro-optic and magneto-optic. Liquid crystal displays and modulators. Detectors of optical radiation. Optical fibres, slab waveguide. Mode propagation in both step and graded index fibres. V and b number, attenuation and dispersion. Communications systems. Optical fibre sensors. Photonic crystals.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
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|Autonomous Student Learning||
Core Stage 3 Physics.Learning Recommendations:
PHYC 30070, PHYC 30080.
The recommended modules are not essential for students with a basic knowledge of lasers, Maxwell's equations and the electromagnetic theory of light.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Homework - 3 sets over the trimester||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Examination: Written exam at end of semester||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||No||Standard conversion grade scale 40%||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Summer||Yes - 2 Hour|
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