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INP8084203, A.A. 2018/19

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN2371, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track ICT FOR LIFE AND HEALTH [004PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination MOLECULAR PHOTONICS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARIA-GUGLIELMINA PELIZZO 000000000000

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines FIS/03 Material Physics 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 A.A. 2018/2019 01/10/2018 15/03/2020 PELIZZO MARIA-GUGLIELMINA (Presidente)
CORSO ALAIN JODY (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Fundamentals of electromagnetics (e.g., as taught in the course of "Physics II").
Target skills and knowledge: This course explores the fundamentals of light-matter interaction and photonics phenomena. The course will also provide an introduction to practical photonic components and systems and provide an overview of applications of photonics in sensor systems dedicated to agrifood, environmental monitoring and biosensing.
Examination methods: Oral exam.
Assessment criteria: Knowledge of theory and the understanding of the applicative aspects of the discipline. Ability to apply the theoretical concepts to concrete cases. Ability to expose the concepts through appropriate terminology.
Course unit contents: Principles of photometry and radiometry. Quantum nature of light: blackbody radiation and Planck law, photoelectric effect, Compton effect. Bohr atom, limits of Bohr model and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, introduction to quantum mechanics. Schrödinger equation, wavefunctions and solutions. Hydrogen and Hydrogen-like atoms, quantum numbers and atomic orbitals. Electronic configuration of groups in the periodic table. Molecules, rotational and vibrational transitions and spectra. Dye molecules. Quantum dots. Occupation of energy levels and Boltzmann distribution. Absorption, spontaneous and stimulated emission. Lineshape function, lifetime broadening, collision broadening, Doppler effect. Thermal light, blackbody radiation spectrum, thermography and its applications. Luminescence and photoluminescence. Laser working principles, active medium and Einstein coefficients, resonant cavity. Example of lasers and their applications. Natural and artificial sources and their emission spectra. Biological effects of light, action spectra and regulations. Synchrotron radiation and its application in microscopy. Spectroscopic instrumentation: monochromators, spectrographs, imaging spectrographs, multispectral and hyperspectral imaging remote sensing. Fourier optics and Infrared Fourier Transform Spectroscopy and its applications in agrifood and gas sensing.
Electromagnetic waves in dielectric media. Materials properties, absorption and dispersion. Kramers-Kronig relation. Resonances in media. Sellmeier equation. Optics of conductive media. Drude model. Optics of negative-index materials. Polarization of light and matrix representation. Reflection and refraction. Total reflection. Ellipsometric techniques and their application in materials characterization. Surface Plasmon Polaritons in metals. Surface Plasmon Resonance optical transducers and their application in biosensing. Materials and sensors in space environment.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, tutorials and laboratory.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Selected chapters from reference books. Slides.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bahaa E. A. Saleh, Malvin Carl Teich, Fundamental of Photonics. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Pedrotti & Pedrotti & Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Antonello Cutolo, Anna Grazia Mignani, Antonella Tajani, Photonics for safety and security. --: --, --. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Working in group
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)
  • Matlab

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