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PH4027   Optoelectronics and Nonlinear Optics

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: 9.00 am Tue, Thu, 3.00 pm Fri (TBC)

The module provides an introduction to the basic physics underpinning optoelectronics and nonlinear optics, and a perspective on contemporary developments in the two fields. The syllabus includes: an overview of optoelectronic devices and systems; optical modulators; acousto-optics; Bragg and Raman-Nath; propagation of light in anisotropic media; electro-optics; waveguide and fibre optics; modes of planar guides; nonlinear optics; active and passive processes in second and third order; second harmonic generation; phase matching; coupled wave equations; parametric oscillators; self-focusing and self-phase-modulation; optical bistability; phase conjugation; solitons; Rayleigh; Raman and Brillouin scattering.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must ( pass PH3081 or pass PH3082 ) or ( pass MT2506 and pass MT2507 ) and pass PH3007

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 3 lectures or tutorials.

Scheduled learning hours: 32

Guided independent study hours: 118

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 100%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 0%

Re-assessment: Oral Re-assessment, capped at grade 7


Module teaching staff: Prof I Samuel, Dr S Schulz, Dr C Rae

Additional information from school

Please see also the information in the School¿s Handbook for Honours modules available via This link also gives access to timetables for the modules.