Course syllabus


FAFA60, 5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2015/16
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2015-04-16

General Information

Main field: Technology.
Compulsory for: C1, D1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course will give a basic understanding of photonics, including optics and signal transfer by light- and radio waves. Many of the concepts introduced are of importance for a deeper understanding of contemporary technology areas, e.g. data communication. The course should also give training in scientific problem-solving techniques and physical modeling, as well as written communication

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Optics and electromagnetic waves, refraction, reflection, interfernce and diffraction. Geometric optics. Resolution. Optical fibers, light sources and detectors.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Passed written exam and laboratory exercises.

Code: 0116. Name: Photonics.
Credits: 4. Grading scale: TH. Assessment: Written examination.
Code: 0216. Name: Laboratory Exercises.
Credits: 1. Grading scale: UG. Assessment: Active participation in laboratory work. Passed written presentations. Contents: Laboratory work: Geometrical optics; Diffraction and interference of light; Fiber optics.


Required prior knowledge: Basic university mathematics.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FAFF25, FAFF40

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Olle Lundh,
Course homepage:
Further information: During 2016 and 2017 this course is given for first year students at the same time as it is part of the 11 hp physics course FAFF25 for third year students