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Photonics education at Aarhus University

Explore cutting-edge courses and student projects offered by the Group of Integrated Photonics.

Our Courses

We are proud to offer a suite of comprehensive courses designed to immerse students in the world of photonics. Whether you are beginning your journey or looking to deepen your expertise, our courses are tailored to meet your needs.

Fundamentals of Photonics

Dive into the core principles that underpin photonics technology, exploring both theoretical and practical applications.

5-ECTS course that runs during the Spring semester.

It is part of the Electrical Engineering (EE) curriculum, and can be taken as an elective during the Bachelor's cycle or the Master's cycle.
The program includes: propagation of electromagnetic waves, Gaussian optics, polarization, generation of light, waveguides and optical modes, scattering, interferometers and multiplexing, materials for photonics and crystal growth, semiconductors, photo-electric effect and PN junctions, electro-optic effect and nonlinear photonics.

  • Lectures: 2 hours/week ; classroom exercises, lab practise: 2 hours/week
  • The exam is oral and based on a selected research paper.

Course webpage.

Photonic Devices

Learn about the design, fabrication, and characterization of photonic devices. This course includes hands-on laboratory sessions.

10-ECTS course at the Master's level that runs during the Fall semester.

It addresses the core photonic engineering technologies such as laser diodes, optical fibers, and photonic integrated circuits, and their applications in communications, sensing and metrology. This course is of interest to engineers who want to become active in the field of photonics, as well as to electrical engineers who want broaden their scope and anticipate on the exponentially increasing convergence of electronics and photonics.

  • Lectures: 4 hours/week ; classroom exercises, lab practise: 2 hours/week
  • The exam is oral and based on a selected research paper.

Course webpage.

Integrated Nonlinear Photonics

Advanced course focusing on nonlinear optical effects in integrated photonic structures, suitable for students looking to specialize in this cutting-edge area.

3-ECTS course at the PhD level that runs during "week 42" (October).

This is an official PhD course in Denmark. For registration and inquiries, please send an email to Nicolas Volet.

The objective of the course is to acquaint the students with the principles of nonlinear optics, their use in photonic integrated circuits and the applications of this technology for telecommunication, spectroscopy and metrology.
It introduces the main nonlinear optical effects, related applications, and the material platforms available for photonic integration. It explores the physics of conversion between modes in waveguides. Finally, it applies numerical simulation software to solve design problems.

At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
– explain the main nonlinear optical effects and the main platforms for photonic integration that are available.
– make a design study, with a qualitative understanding of the required trade-offs and a quantitative knowledge of the typical component and/or circuit operation parameters.

Course webpage.

Student Projects

We offer a diverse range of project opportunities for students passionate about photonics. These projects are designed to complement your studies with real-world experience, preparing you for a successful career in the field.

Contact Us

For more information about our courses and projects, please don’t hesitate to reach out:

Nicolas Volet

Feel free to contact us with any questions, or to discuss your academic goals and how we can help you achieve them. Join us at Aarhus University and be a part of shaping the future of photonics!