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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The main content of the course is the propagation of light waves in periodic structures, using Maxwell's equations for electromagnetic waves in dielectric materials. Structures that are periodic in one dimension are multilayer films and planar diffraction gratings. Structures that are periodic in two dimensions are patterned thin films and optical fibers with holes. Structures that are periodic in three dimensions are structures with optical band gaps.

Learning outcome

After complementing the course, you should have a fundamental understanding of:

  • electromagnetic waves in periodic structures
  • the application of periodic structures in optcal micro and nano structures, and in photonics in general
  • optical Bloch waves in one, two, and three dimensions, Brillouin zones, band diagrams
  • evanescent waves
  • defects in periodic structures
  • coding exercises in Matlab or Python.
  • numerical methods for optical Bloch-waves

Admission to the course

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

The course is intended for PhD students with a master's degree in physics or physical electronics, working in the fields of optics or photonics.

Overlapping courses


The course has three hours of lecturers each week throughout the semester.

As a ph.d candidate you will in addition do mandatory assignments using mathematical software as MatLab and Python, which must be approved in order to take the final exam.


There will be held an oral exam in the end of the semester, which counts for 100% in the grade assessment. In case of many students, the exam may be written instead.

There are mandatory assignments which must be approved in order to take the final exam. 

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: TEK5400 – Nanophotonics, UNIK4380 – Photonic crystals (continued), UNIK9380 – Photonic crystals (continued).

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English. You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Studenter som dokumenterer gyldig fravær fra ordinær eksamen, kan ta utsatt eksamen i starten av neste semester.

Det tilbys ikke ny eksamen til studenter som har trukket seg under ordinær eksamen, eller som ikke har bestått.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 25, 2020 9:16:10 PM

Facts about this course

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)