PHO302 Computational Photonics

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Achim Kohler

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Limits of class size:30

Course frequency:Yearly.

Nominal workload:In total 125 hours.

Teaching and exam period:Spring semester.

About this course

  • Maxwell's equations and basic concepts in electromagnetics.
  • Numerical methods based on discretization such as finite differences time domain (FDTD), finite elements (FEM) and Method of Moment (MoM)
  • Theory of convergence, stability and error analysis.
  • Study computational problems in relevant applications such as propagation of light in waveguides, light absorption and scattering problems.
  • Programming to implement the numerical methods for electromagnetic problems in photonics.
  • Use of commercial software for electromagnetic problems in photonics.

Learning outcome

In this course, the students will learn computational methods to solve relevant problems in photonics. The students will learn how to simulate and numerically solve electromagnetic problems in two and three dimensions. The students will be introduced to numerical methods based on discretization. Both programming and commercially available solvers will be used in this course. The students will receive training in communicating scientific results, through reports and oral presentations. They will be able to analyze and critically evaluate various sources of information and use them to structure and formulate scholarly arguments.
  • The Course contains:

    • LECTURES where central ideas, theory and examples are covered.
    • TUTORIALS that illustrate use and understanding of central concepts.
  • Canvas will be used actively.
  • Electrodynamics (FYS236 or similar).

    MATH111, MATH112, MATH113 or similar.

  • One of the three assignments will be chosen by the course examinator to be presented at the final oral exam. The course examinator will also ask other questions from the syllabus.

    Oral exam: A - E / F

  • The sensor participates in the preparation of the exam, in the evaluation of the reports and is present during the oral exam.
  • Three assignments are mandatory and two of them need to be passed. One of the three assignments will be chosen by the course examinator to be presented at the final oral exam.
  • Organized lectures: 26 hours

    Plenum tutorials: 24 hours

    Tutorials: 26 hours

    Self-studies/colloquia: 49 hours

  • Photonics students have priority.
  • Bachelor in physics or electrical engineering or similar.