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INP8084217, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN2371, Degree course structure A.Y. 2019/20, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY [005PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination NANOPHOTONICS
Department of reference Department of Information Engineering
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
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ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ING-INF/02 Electromagnetic Fields 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 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2019 course timetable

Prerequisites: The students are expected to have an undergraduate level of knowledge of electromagnetics and mathematical analysis
Target skills and knowledge: The course is expected to provide the following knowledge and skills:
1. To understand fundamental aspects of light interactions with nanoscale engineered materials.
2. To gain knowledge of the latest developments in emerging areas of nanophotonics (nanotechnologies and nanofabrication techniques, computational nanophotonics, plasmonics, metamaterials e metasurfaces, nanoantennas, photonic crystals).
3. To develop the ability to perform numerical simuations of light propagation effects in nano-structured materials
4. To know the potential applications of nanophotonics
5. To learn hot to solve electromagnetic problems in complex nanophotonic structures, by using:(i) appropriate approximations (e.g., quasi-static); (ii) analytical approaches; (iii) full-wave simulations.
Examination methods: The score is based on:
1. Written exam
2. Preparation of a report on the lab activities (MATLAB/CST)
3. (Optional) Homework
4. (Optional) Study of scientific paper on nanophotonics (to be agreed with the instructor) followed by a short oral presentation
Assessment criteria: 1. Assessment of the level of knowledge of fundamental aspects of nanophotonic theory and applications
2. Assessment of the ability to simplify and solve complex e.m. problems involving nano-structured materials
Course unit contents: Electrodynamics for nanophotonics: Maxwell's equations; Microscopic dynamical models; Constitutive relations; Wave equation and plane waves; Polarization; Poynting's theorem; Fresnel coefficients; Optical waveguides; Transfer-matrix method; Quasi-static approximation; Circuit models for nanophotonics
- Nanostructured materials: Effective-medium theories; Maxwell-Garnett approximation; Bruggeman theory; Numerical techniques (Nicolson-Ross-Weir)
- Plasmonics: Drude model and metal optics; Surface-plasmon polaritons; Plasmonic nanoparticles; nanoantennas
- Nanophotonic devices: Photonic-crystal devices; defective photonic crystals and resonant gratings; Plasmonic sensors; Metasurfaces and metamaterials
- Optical fiber sensors: Review of sensor parameters; Fiber Bragg gratings; Multi-modal interference devices; Fabry-PĂ©rot cavities; Gyroscopes; Faraday effect; Distributed optical fiber sensors; Rayleigh, Raman and Brillouin scattering.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Lectures (blackboard and slides)
- Solution of application-oriented exercises in the numerical lab
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes and slides
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Haus, Joseph W., Fundamentals and applications of nanophotonics. Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Prasad, Paras N., Nanophotonics. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2004. Cerca nel catalogo
  • Gaponenko, S. V. (Sergej V.), Introduction to nanophotonicsSergey V. Gaponenko. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Problem solving
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

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