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Advanced Optics


Admission Requirements



This course treats optics and atom-field interaction at a level appropriate to MSc students. It does so by combining a textbook with lecture notes and scientific papers and by stimulating prior reading and in-class discussions on the following topics:
1. Wave optics, including optical propagation, diffraction, interference, and the role of spatial and spectral coherence therein
2. Optical techniques such as reflectometry, spectroscopy, interferometry, diffractometry, scatterometry, polarimetry, imaging and microscopy
3. Atom-field interaction and nanophotonics, including near-field optics, metal optics and the challenge of tight focusing

Course Objectives

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Solve many problems in wave optics, nanophotonics, and atom-field interaction

  • Asess the pros and cons of existing and new optical techniques

  • Analyze scientific papers in optics and present the essence thereof to an audience

  • Investigate a particular topic in optics and present the findings in a short essay

Transferable skills

The student will be able to:

  • master a new field of study in advanced optics within a given time period

  • present their findings to their fellow students in a convincing and inspiring way

  • write a structured essay on a particular topic in advanced optics


Physics Schedule
For detailed information go to Timetable in Brightspace

Mode of instruction

Zie Brightspace

Assessment method

The grading of this course will be based on:

  • Oral exam on part 1 and 3 (4/9 of final grade)

  • Student presentation during part 1 or 3 (2/9 of final grade)

  • Essay on part 2, including short presentation (1/3 of final grade)


Registration for Brightspace occurs via uSis

How to sign up for classes click here

Reading list

J. Peatross and M. Ware, ‘Physics of Light and Optics’, ISBN 9781611660920. Also available in cheaper black-and-white version and as free download:


Contactdetails Teacher: Prof.dr. M.van Exter (Martin)
Contactdetails Teacher: Prof.dr. M.Beijersbergen(Marco)
Contactdetails Teacher: Prof.dr. M.Orrit (Michel)r