227-0663-00L  Nano-Optics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2020
LecturersM. Frimmer
Periodicitytwo-yearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


227-0663-00 VNano-Optics2 hrs
Fri10:15-12:00ML E 12 »
M. Frimmer
227-0663-00 UNano-Optics
The exercise classes include solving homework problems and work on the literature project.
2 hrs
Fri12:15-14:00ML E 12 »
M. Frimmer

Catalogue data

AbstractNano-Optics is the study of light-matter interaction at the sub-wavelength scale. It is an flourishing field of fundamental and applied research enabled by the rapid advance of nanotechnology. Nano-optics embraces topics such as plasmonics, optical antennas, optical trapping and manipulation, and high/super-resolution imaging and spectroscopy.
ObjectiveUnderstanding concepts of light localization and light-matter interactions on the sub-wavelength scale.
ContentWe start with the angular spectrum representation of fields to understand the classical resolution limit. We continue with the theory of strongly focused light, the point spread function, and resolution criteria of conventional microscopy, before turning to super-resolution techniques, based on near- and far-fields. We introduce the local density of states and approaches to control spontaneous emission rates in inhomogeneous environments, including optical antennas. Finally, we touch upon optical forces and their applications in optical tweezers.
Prerequisites / Notice- Electromagnetic fields and waves (or equivalent)
- Physics I+II

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits6 credits
ExaminersM. Frimmer
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.
Additional information on mode of examinationFinal grade will be based on homework assignments, a small research project, and a final exam.

Learning materials

Main linkPrinciples of Nano-Optics (2nd ed.)
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