University of Technology Sydney

68513 Nanophotonics

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Requisite(s): (68201 Physics in Action OR 68037 Physical Modelling) AND (33360c Mathematics for Physical Science OR 68038 Advanced Mathematics and Physics) AND (68315 Imaging Science OR 68206 Optics)
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Recommended studies: 68315 Imaging Science; 68606 Solid-State Science and Nanodevices


The behaviour and properties of light, including its interaction with matter, underpin many of the technological developments of recent years. A thorough understanding of optics is necessary for careers in optics R&D, optical engineering, sales and technical support, and areas such as telecommunications, optical metrology and biomedical optics.

This subject builds upon the foundation studies of waves and optics undertaken in an introductory physics subjects. It takes advantage of the methods of vector calculus and differential equations to analyse how propagating fields interact with matter. The subject shows that field distributions at the nanoscale play an important role in many well-established and developing biological and chemical nanoscale analytic tools. Topics may include: Maxwell's equations, interaction of electromagnetic waves and matter, diffraction and holographic gratings, near-field optics and nanophotonics.

Typical availability

Spring session, City campus

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