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EEE3016 : Photonics

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Noel Healy
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To provide an introduction to optical communications through free space and optical fibres to allow a
basic level of design calculation and evaluation to be performed.

To provide an understanding of the fundamental principles and key operating parameters of opto-
electronic components of relevance to the transmission, propagation and detection of light for high-
bandwidth communications.

Outline Of Syllabus

The nature of light:
Wave descriptions. Photon description and phenomena (photoelectric effect, momentum, interaction with matter), Kramers–Kronig relations. Description of light in terms of polarization, coherence, mono/polychromatic and Jones vectors & matrices.

Light generation:
LEDs & Lasers; Einstein A and B coefficients, rate equations, population inversion, gain and losses, resonators, laser threshold, 3 and 4 level systems, cavity modes and mode locking.

Basics of waveguides and optical fibres:
Waveguide structure, single and multimode fibres, dispersion, transmission characteristics.
Acousto-optic and electro-optic techniques, LED switching, analogue and digital techniques using lasers, AM, FM, phase modulation techniques.

Advanced topics:
Nonlinear optics, quantum optics, nano-photonics and plasmonics

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Final exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture241:0024:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion240:3012:00Revision for final exam
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study162:0062:00Writing up lecture notes; general reading
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
PHY3010Fundamental Physics IIIB
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures provide core material and guidance for further reading. Problem solving is introduced through lectures and practiced during private study.

Problems on each section of the syllabus are the most vital component of learning and understanding the materials covered in lectures and constitute the primary vehicle for student learning.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A100N/A
Exam Pairings
Module Code Module Title Semester Comment
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides the opportunity for the student to demonstrate their understanding of the course material. The problem solving aspects of the examination enable the student to demonstrate that they are able to apply this understanding and their analysis and synthesis to novel situations.

Reading Lists