Higher education teachers: , Krč Janez
Credits: 6
Semester: summer
Subject code: 64264S

Subject description


enrolment in the 1st year of the 2nd cycle master study programme of Electrical Engineering

Content (Syllabus outline):


challenges and trends in the field of photonics latest achievements – what of these we will learn, today in tomorrow of nanophotonics, why to use a photon instead of an electron


light and Maxwell - electromagnetic waves, light and matter, optical situation at an interface of two media, light interaction with nanometer size structures, Fourier optics – why?, electro-optical and magneto-optical effects and components


  • operational principles, design and technologies, use in photonic circuits:
  • photonic crystals: 1D, 2D, 3D,
  • metallic nanostructures: metamaterials, negative refractive index, plasmonic effects
  • resonators, filters and modulators
  • micro and nanolasers
  • micro fotodetectors
  • attempts towards optical transistors


photonic electronic integration – why?, latest examples of integration of above mentioned photonic components in PICs, platforms on Si on insulator, InP material and TriPleX, design tools, examples of design, practical cases, towards optical gates, how to proceed and what is restricting us on the way towards optical computers


interferometric, photonic crystal based, liquid crystal based, plasmonic detection, use in biomedicine and in other fields


antireflection structures, light management photonic structures in solar cells, novel reflectors, practical design and characterisation of nanophotonic structures, design based on 3D optical modelling (FEM, FDTD, RCWA), characterisation methods and instruments, measurements of reflection/transmission, light scattering, angular distribution function)

Objectives and competences:

to acquire the knowledge and operational principles of contemporary nanophotonic structures
knowledge on state-of-the-art architectures, functionalities and technologies of photonic integrated circuits
basic knowledge on practical design of photonic integrated circuits
to know the structures and operational principles of fiber sensors
knowledge on and understanding of photonic structures for light management in solar cells
practical approaches of design and characterisation of photonic devices

Intended learning outcomes:

fundamental knowledge on nanophotonics
understanding of operational principle and usage of photonic devices and PICs
ability to design and to characterise (nano)photonic structures and devices
pre-knowledge for further studies of photonic technologies

Learning and teaching methods:

lectures (slides and blackboard, interaction with students)
laboratory assignments (hands on (nano)photonic structures, design, characterisation, design of PICs

Study materials

  1. L. Chrostowski e tal., Silicon Photonics Design: From Devices to Systems, Cambridge University Press; 2015.
  2. Q. Gong e tal., Photonic Crystals: Principles and Applications, Pan Stanford, 2014.
  3. G. Rajan, Optical Fiber Sensors: Advanced Techniques and Applications (Devices, Circuits, and Systems), CRC Press, 2015.
  4. B. E. A. Saleh e tal., Fundamentals of Photonics (2nd Edition) Wiley-Interscience; 2007.
  5. J. Krc and M. Topic, Optical modelling and simulations of thin-film photovoltaic devices, CRC Press, 2013.

Study in which the course is carried out

  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Control Systems and Computer Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electrical Power Engineering
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Electronics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Mechatronics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Robotics
  • 1 year - 2nd cycle - Electrical Engineering - Information and Communication Technologies
  • 2 year - 2nd cycle - Advanced power systems