Course syllabus


FAFA60, 5 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2016/17
Decided by: Education Board B
Date of Decision: 2016-03-29

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: FAFF40, FAFF25, FAF260, FAFA01, FAFA05, FAFA50, FAFA65, FAFF30

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Olle Lundh,
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Further information: During 2016/2017 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