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Introduction to Nano Optics

Summer School of , 5 ECTS

Institution University of Southern Denmark (SDU)
Campus Odense
Duration 2 weeks
Tuition per term (Non-EU/EAA/CH) 1160 EUR
Tuition per term (EU/EAA/CH) 570 EUR
Blended*:   the course is offered both online and on campus. If physical presence is not possible, the  course will still run online.

This course introduces tools used to model and understand the behavior of light in atoms and materials that are structured on small scales compared with the free-space optical wavelength; it is intended for students with a background in the physical sciences or engineering and a familiarity with basic quantum mechanics and electromagnetism.
  • Maxwell’s equations in homogeneous media
  • Drude model
  • Boltzmann transport equation
  • Perturbation theory
  • Nonlinear optical phenomena
  • Semi-classical quantum optics
  • Point emitters—spontaneous emission

The student will acquire knowledge on: 
  • Light propagation in dispersive media and at interfaces
  • Characterizing the optical response of free electrons in a metal
  • Using the Boltzmann transport equation to describe electron motion in graphene
  • Perturbation theory and its application to linear and nonlinear optics
  • Examples in nonlinear optics: Harmonic generation and saturable absorption
  • Bloch equations for few-level quantum systems
  • Spontaneous emission of light from atomic systems
Mandatory prerequisites: Introductory electromagnetic theory, quantum mechanics, integral and vector calculus, linear algebra.

Admission/Tuition: NOTE: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees. Please read more:

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Summer 2020

Application date
Jun 01
Start date
Aug 03



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