February 10, 2022

EE535 / EE400: Applied Nanophotonics
Phys 576: Selected topic in experimental physics
Course Instructor: Arka Majumdar (arka@uw.edu)
Course offered: Spring, 2022 (Mon, Wed 12:30-2:20pm); 4 credits

Spanning the entire history of human civilization light has remained one of the most important media for information and knowledge transfer, starting with the lighting of the fire to alert people of imminent danger in the pre-historic era. Understanding the property and behavior of light is crucial for realms beyond just data and knowledge transfer. It is well-known that high-speed internet, novel display, and ubiquitous optical sensors, including cameras rely on photonic technologies. Apart from these, numerous other applications like solar cell, bio- and chemical sensing and medical imaging depend heavily on optics.

Feedback from last years:
This course made me realize how important it is to really think about how the application of the physics to a specific technology or device might change and if the application to that technology or device is even feasible.

The examples of practical challenges with designs and experiments. Discussing these topics was extremely interesting, as much of this is not clearly stated in literature. Except for courses like this, similar information is very difficult to find.