151-0911-00L  Introduction to Plasmonics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2017
LecturersD. J. Norris
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


151-0911-00 VIntroduction to Plasmonics2 hrs
Wed15:15-17:00ML F 34 »
D. J. Norris
151-0911-00 UIntroduction to Plasmonics1 hrs
Thu09:15-10:00HG F 26.5 »
D. J. Norris

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AbstractThis course provides fundamental knowledge of surface plasmon polaritons and discusses their applications in plasmonics.
ObjectiveElectromagnetic oscillations known as surface plasmon polaritons have many unique properties that are useful across a broad set of applications in biology, chemistry, physics, and optics. The field of plasmonics has arisen to understand the behavior of surface plasmon polaritons and to develop applications in areas such as catalysis, imaging, photovoltaics, and sensing. In particular, metallic nanoparticles and patterned metallic interfaces have been developed to utilize plasmonic resonances. The aim of this course is to provide the basic knowledge to understand and apply the principles of plasmonics. The course will strive to be approachable to students from a diverse set of science and engineering backgrounds.
ContentFundamentals of Plasmonics
- Basic electromagnetic theory
- Optical properties of metals
- Surface plasmon polaritons on surfaces
- Surface plasmon polariton propagation
- Localized surface plasmons

Applications of Plasmonics
- Waveguides
- Extraordinary optical transmission
- Enhanced spectroscopy
- Sensing
- Metamaterials
Lecture notesClass notes and handouts
LiteratureS. A. Maier, Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Applications, 2007, Springer
Prerequisites / NoticePhysics I, Physics II

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersD. J. Norris
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe final note of each student will be determined from:

50-Minute Midterm Examination: 25%
120-Minute Final Session Exam: 75%

The final note will depend on the student's performance relative to the rest of the class.

If a student misses the midterm exam due to a documented case of illness, family emergency, or other legitimate absence, it may be possible that this midterm score is dropped. In that case, the final exam will count 100% toward the student's final note.

The midterm exam is closed book, with each student only allowed to bring a standard scientific calculator. An announcement will be made before the exam begins whether this calculator will be necessary. For the final session examination, each student will be allowed to bring two sheets of A4 paper with hand-written notes on both sides of each sheet. Each student can put whatever information they want on these pages, but it must be written or drawn by their own hand. No scanning, printing, or photocopying is allowed. Other than these two sheets, the final session exam is closed book. Each student may also bring a standard scientific calculator. An announcement will be made before the exam begins whether this calculator will be necessary.
Written aidsFor allowed aids, see "Additional information on mode of examination" section. For the midterm exam and the final session exam, devices with internet access and mini computers are not allowed.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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