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This module starts off from traditional electromagnetic wave optics, photonics, light sources, detectors, and waveguiding before progressing to nanooptics and biophotonics. Topics such as waveguides, modes, optical fibres, lasers, resolution limit, diffraction theory, Zernike aberrations, adaptive optics, wavefront sensing, scattering, optical tweezers, near-field optics, plasmonics and advanced microscopy (light sheet microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, structured illumination, and localization microscopy ) will all be covered.
Likewise, biomedical techniques such as endoscopes, optical coherence tomography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, ophthalmology, visual optics and dermatology will be extensively covered. On completion, the student will have a comprehensive knowledge of light-matter interactions at both the micron and the nanoscale. This will make the student able to follow and take on an active role in present-day optical research at the interface of optical physics with bio- and life sciences.
Geometrical optics and waveoptics
Optical microscopy (widefield and scanning)
Optical coherence tomography
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|Autonomous Student Learning||
A basic course on waves, electromagnetism, and optics (PHYC10060 and PHYC20010) is recommended prior to this module.
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Tutorials/problem sets throughout semester (delivered online)||Varies over the Trimester||n/a||Not yet recorded||No||
|Examination: Final examination (delivered online, open book exam) 3 hours total, including time to scan and upload solutions.||2 hour End of Trimester Exam||Yes||Not yet recorded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Spring||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
Students will be given feedback on individual assignments, and solutions to selected tutorial problems will be shown at subsequent lectures.