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A view inside CREOL classroom 104


The following classes are periodically taught by Prof. Kik. For a list of upcoming courses and their instructors, see the online course schedule. For general information about the current semester, see the online academic calendar and the exam schedule.

Optical Properties of Nanostructured Materials

This class deals with topics in the general area of nanophotonics. Optical structures that are smaller than ~100 nanometer start to exhibit unexpected properties. Metal nanostructures show size dependent light scattering and optical absorption due to collective electron oscillations known as surface plasmons. These effects allow for new photonic technolgies, ranging from biosensing to nanophotonic integrated circuits. In this class we will cover the fundamentals of these effects, and discuss practical applications of nanophotonics. For more information including last year's powerpoint presentations, see the Course Materials section.

Electric field distribution around a plasmon resonant silver dimer, simulated by an OSE6650 participant for his final project. View animated version.

Light Matter Interaction

This course discusses the interaction of light with matter. The course covers a wide variety of topics, including the origin of refractive index, absorption, stimulated emission, Kramers-Kronig relations, photon-phonon interactions, Raman scattering, nonlinear optics, as well as an brief introduction to quantum mechanics. For a detailed course description including powerpoint presentations, see the Course Materials section. For a detailed course overview, download the complete course notes.

Sketch to demonstrate how 2D band structure relates to the standard 'foldout' representation.

Applied Quantum Mechanics for Optics and Engineering

This course covers quantum mechanics with the goal of gaining a deeper understanding of the optical response of natural and engineered quantum systems. Example quantum systems that are covered include atoms, quantum wells, and crystals. We discuss various methods for evaluating the effect of static and optical frequency electric fields on these quantum systems. This leads to expressions for excitation rate (Fermi's Golden Rule), linear susceptibility, as well as second and third order susceptibility. For a detailed course description including powerpoint presentations, see the Course Materials section.

Sketch to illustrate possible optical (de)excitation paths to the fourth level of a quantum well

Introduction to Photonics

This undergraduate course introduces several important concepts of Optics and Photonics. We discuss the basics of geometric optics, which covers the area of optics in which light can be considered as rays. This including imaging with multiple lenses and mirrors (microscopes, transmissive and reflecting telescopes). We then discuss the wave nature of light, which leads us to the area of physical optics. We discuss interference, coherence, diffraction, and cover various technologies including fiber optics and lasers. For more information, registered students should visit UCF Webcourses for the most up-to-date information.

Example of interference by two plane waves, showing the individual waves, a snapshot of the interference pattern, and the irradiance distribution.