PHYS 7450: Principles of Photonic Physics

PHYS 7450: Principles of Photonic Physics

About the Course

This is an introduction into advanced topics in propagation of electromagnetic waves in a medium and interaction of electromagnetic waves with matter.  Topics cover includes derivation of optical constants such as susceptibility and dielectric constants, absorption, scattering and refraction.

Course Syllabus

The course will mainly cover the below topics:

1. Propagation of electromagnetic waves in medium

2. Oscillator Models – matter light interaction

3. General linear properties of optical constants

4. Light Scattering

5. Artificial Optical Structures

Recommended Background

Students are recommended to have prior knowledge in electromagnetism or solid state physics.


Suggested Readings

1. M. Dressel and G. Gruner, Electrodynamics of Solids, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

2. C.F. Klingshirn, Semiconductor Optics, Springer-Verflag, 2006.

3. S.O. Kasap, Optoelectronics and Photonics – Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall, 2001.

4. C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, Wiley, latest version.

5. Others readings to be suggested by course instructors.


Course Format

One evening lecture per week over the course of 12/13 weeks. Each lecture lasts for approximately 3 hours.



1. Continuous Assessment (E.g. Assignment, Presentation, Mid-term, etc.).

2. A two-hour final examination.

When offered

Second semester.


For BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal).

For non-BU RPg students, fill in the usual hardcopy form (Application for Cross-institutional Course/Subject Enrolment for Research Postgraduate Students).


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