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Syllabus of the course: Special Topics of Photonics

In this web page we provide the syllabus of the course Special Topics of Photonics, offered by the Department of Physics.
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InstructorS. Pissadakis
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Goal of the courseUpon successful completion of the course, a student will be able to:
  • Obtain a first idea of the Photonic Science and Technology domain
  • To correlate basic principles of light waveguidance and localization with specific types of optical sensors
  • To understand transduction and the basic physical mechanisms behind the detection of physical, chemical and biological quantities
  • To familiriase with basic light propagation principles in different waveguide geometries
  • To familiarize with a number of transducers and light management devices/elements
  • To understand the rationality behind the design and development of an optical sensors, with emphasis in optical fiber sensors
  • To become familiar with a number of paradigm devices of optical sensors in fibers and waveguides for diverse applications in safety and security, health and biology, transportation and E/M fields sensing
  • Introduction to Photonics (2h)
    -Markets, Impact and Prospects
  • Introduction to Sensors/Optical Sensors (6h)
    - Basic principles for Sensing Systems
    - Sensing Parameters, Transduction Characteristics-Mechanisms
    - Historical Review for Optical Fiber Sensors
  • Review on basic Theory on Light Propagation in Waveguides (4h)
    - Planar waveguides
    - Optical Fibers
    - Optical Fiber Tapers
    - Microstructured Optical Fibers/Photonic Crystal Fibers
  • Review on basic Theory on Optical Components (4h)
    - Fabry-Perot Resonators
    - Bragg and Long period gratings
    - Whispering Gallery Mode cavities
    - Couplers
    - Plasmonics
  • Sensing Materials and Device Fabrication Methods (8h)
    - Optical fiber and waveguide materials
    - Optical fiber and waveguide fabrication methods
    - Fabrication methods of photonic components
    - Transduction materials and processing methods
  • Sensing Devices Detailed Examples per Sector (20h)
    - Structural Health Monitoring
    - Security-Safety
    - Environment
    - Energy-Oil-E/M fields
    - Food
    - Health/Biosensors
    - Other sectors (Harsh Environmental Sensing, Chemo-sensors, etc)
  • Future/Emerging Trends (2h)
Bibliography1) Number of review journal and white papers
2) Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, Sensors-An Introductory Course, Springer, 2013
3) Sabrie Soloman, Sensors Handbook, McGraw-Hill Education, 2nd Edition
4) John Dakin, B. Culshaw, Optical Fiber Sensors: Principles and components, Volume 1-4, Artech House
5) Santos, J. (Ed.), Farahi, F. (Ed.). (2014). Handbook of Optical Sensors. Boca Raton: CRC Press.
6) D. Lee, Electromagnetic Principles Of Integrated Optics, John Wiley and Sons, 1988
7) Stavros Pissadakis Stefano Selleri, Optofluidics, Sensors and Actuators in Microstructured Optical Fibers, Woodhead Publishing, 2015
8) Maria de Fátima F. Domingues, Ayman Radwan, Optical Fiber Sensors for loT and Smart Devices, Springer, 2017

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