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761685S Optics, 5 ECTS cr 
Code 761685S  Validity 01.08.2017 -
Name Optics  Abbreviation Optics 
Scope5 ECTS cr   
TypeAdvanced Studies Discipline3251 Physics 
  Grading1 - 5, pass, fail 
Unit Field of Physics 

Seppo Alanko 

ECTS Credits 

5 ECTS credits

Language of instruction 

English / Finnish.


Twice every year, periods 1 and 3.

Learning outcomes 

The course deepens and broadens the knowledge provided by the subject level course Wave motion and optics. After completing the course the student will be able to grasp the issues of modern optics and apply her/his knowledge in the field of optics education, research and industry.


Electromagnetic theory, photons and light, The propagation of light, Polarization, Interference, Diffraction, Basics of coherence theory, Lasers and laserlight.

Mode of delivery 

Moodle-based self-study and exam

Target group 

The course is for students of the Master's program in Physics. The course is also suitable for further training of persons applying optics in industry, research or teaching.

Recommended optional programme components 

No alternative course units or course units that should be completed simultaneously.

Recommended or required reading 

Optics by Eugene Hecht

Assessment methods and criteria 

Continuous evaluation and final examination.


Numerical grading scale 0 – 5, where 0 = fail

Person responsible 

Seppo Alanko

Working life cooperation 

The course does not contain working life cooperation.

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Current and future instruction
Functions Name Type ECTS cr Teacher Schedule
registration period has ended Optics  Course  Seppo Alanko  20.01.21 -31.05.21

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