The syllabus and respective learning outcomes of the course are as follows:

No. Topic Learning Outcomes
1 Fundamentals of Optics

  • Physics of light: Wave-particle duality, wave vector, Poynting vector, wavelength, velocity, refractive index, attenuation, light absorption & emission, ray, wavefront, polarization: TE, TM, elliptical
  • Geometrical optics
  • Wave optics
  • Introduction to Photonics
Participants are able to describe physics of light and its applications to photonics/modern optics
2 Theory of Optical Waveguides

  • Concepts of waveguiding
  • TIR
  • Transverse resonance conditions
  • guided, radiation, and leaky modes
  • TE and TM polarization in slab waveguides
  • dispersion curves
  • single mode cut-off
  • V-number
  • number of modes
  • weakly guiding waveguides
  • mode profiles
  • labeling of modes
  • symmetric and asymmetric slab waveguides.
Participants are able to describe optical waveguiding mechanism, able to solve dispersion equations and simulate guided mode profiles of symmetric and asymmetric slab waveguides
3 Lab works on Optical Mode Solving

  • Introduction to mode solving techniques
  • classification of mode solvers
  • freewares for mode solving
  • solve for modes of several assigned problems (slab and channel waveguides) using free online tools
Participants are able to describe types of mode solver, able to solve modes of simple waveguides using online tools
4 Characterization of Optical Waveguides

  • Refractive index measurements
  • Waveguide Loss measurements
Participants are able to describe several techniques for measuring the refractive index and loss of waveguide using the prism coupler technique
5 Optical Fibers

  • Construction of optical fiber
  • Types of optical fiber
  • Light guiding in optical fiber
  • Types of rays
  • Sizes of optical fiber
  • Transmission windows in silica optical fiber
  • Parameters of optical fibers: NA, attenuation, dispersion, mode field diameter, cut off wavelength
  • Modes of optical fiber
  • Vectorial modes: Hybrid modes
  • Scalar modes: the LP modes
  • Specialty fibers: nano wires, PCF, POF, polarization sensitive fibers, photo sensitive fibers, dispersion shifted/flattened fibers
Participants are able to describe the types of optical fibers, its working principles, parameters, its modes, and types and principles of specialty fibers
6 Plasmonics & Biomedical Applications

  • Electromagnetism of metal and fundamental theory
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance
  • Synthesis and Functionalized Gold Nanoparticles (AuNPs)
  • Biomedical Application of AuNPs:
    • Drug delivery
    • As cancer diagnostics and therapeutics agents
    • As biosensor
    • Detection of biological molecules and microorganism.
Participants are able to describe principles of plasmonics and its applications in biomedical fields.
7 Solar Cells

  • Semiconductor Band Structure Characteristics
  • Working Principle of Silicon Solar Cells
  • Basic Solar Cells Characterizations
  • Nanocrystalline based Solar Cells
  • Third Generation and New Emerging Solar Cells
  • Other types of Solar Energy Conversions
Students are able to describe working principles of solar cells, and characterization methods of solar cells
8 Light for Sustainable Developments Participants are able to discuss the importance of light for sustainable developments
9 Lab works Experiments Participants are able to describe set-ups and methods used in the experiments
10 Group Work Participants are able to perform literature study on topics in photonics and collaboratively write a document out of the study following a proper scientific standard
11 Optical Periodic System and Photonic Crystals Participants are able to describe the physics of optical periodic system and photonic crystals through its bandstructure and able to describe some applications of these optical systems
12 Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

  • Basic principle
  • LIBS Experimental Setup
  • Characteristics of LIBS plasma
  • LIBS applications
Participants are able to describe the basic principle of laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), LIBS experimental setup, characteristics of LIBS plasma, and LIBS applications.
13 Fiber Laser Participants are able to describe principles of fiber laser and related techniques.
14 Laser and Interaction with Materials Participants are able to describe principles and techniques used in laser-material interactions
15 Integrated Nanophotonics Participants are able to describe principles and techniques used in integrated nanophotonics
16 Plasmonics and Its Applications Participants are able to describe principles and techniques used in plasmonics and its applications
17 Evaluation Participants are able to internalized the whole topics