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Photonics & Nanophotonics - ELE00025H

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  • Department: Electronic Engineering
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Eugene Avrutin
  • Credit value: 10 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2021-22

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2021-22

Module aims

Subject content aims:

  • To explain the operating principles and main technical characteristics of major photonic components (sources, receivers, modulators, amplifiers) and their impact on system design
  • To explain the challenges and main routes from the miniaturisation and integration of optical components and circuits to the nanoscale
  • To explain the optical properties of nanostructures (quantum wells, wires, dots) and the main differences from those of bulk (3D) materials
  • To explain new possibilities offered by the use of nanostructures in photonic components

Graduate skills aims:

  • To develop skills in the selection and application of appropriate numeric and algebraic techniques

Module learning outcomes

Subject content learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to list, and have an appreciation of, the major technical characteristics of traditional and advanced optoelectronic components
  • Be able to distinguish between different types of nanostructures (wells, wires, dots) and describe the bandstructure of semiconductor nanostructures and its effect on optical properties
  • Be able to explain how the optical properties of nanostructures affect the performance of optoelectronic devices
  • Be able to explain the new possibilities in optoelectronics and photonics offered by the use of nanostructures
  • Be aware of the main routes and challenges of integration and miniaturisation of optical components
  • Appreciate the main challenges in fabrication and technology of photonic and nanophotonic devices
  • Be able to assess the main trends in photonics and nanophotonics

Graduate skills learning outcomes

After successful completion of this module, students will:

  • Be able to explain and evaluate advanced technical concepts concisely and accurately
  • Be able to select, adapt and apply a range of mathematical techniques to solve advanced problems


Task Length % of module mark
Photonics & Nanophotonics
N/A 100

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
Photonics & Nanophotonics
N/A 100

Module feedback

'Feedback’ at a university level can be understood as any part of the learning process which is designed to guide your progress through your degree programme.  We aim to help you reflect on your own learning and help you feel more clear about your progress through clarifying what is expected of you in both formative and summative assessments.

A comprehensive guide to feedback and to forms of feedback is available in the Guide to Assessment Standards, Marking and Feedback.  This can be found at

The Department of Electronic Engineering aims to provide some form of feedback on all formative and summative assessments that are carried out during the degree programme.  In general, feedback on any written work/assignments undertaken will be sufficient so as to indicate the nature of the changes needed in order to improve the work.  Students are provided with their examination results within 20 working days of the end of any given examination period.  The Department will also endeavour to return all coursework feedback within 20 working days of the submission deadline.  The Department would normally expect to adhere to the times given, however, it is possible that exceptional circumstances may delay feedback.  The Department will endeavour to keep such delays to a minimum.  Please note that any marks released are subject to ratification by the Board of Examiners and Senate.  Meetings at the start/end of each term provide you with an opportunity to discuss and reflect with your supervisor on your overall performance to date. 

Indicative reading

G.P. Agrawal, "Fiber-optic communications systems", Wiley 1998, ISBN 0-471-17540-4
Booth, KM, & Hill, SL, 'The essence of Optoelectronics'Prentice Hall, 1998. ISBN 0-135-33654-6
P. Prasad, Nanophotonics, Hoboken, NJ: Wiley, 2004, ISBN 0-471- 64988-4
J. Giannopoulos et al., Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light (second edition)

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