Nanophotonics lecture series
Utrecht University, 2010-2011
Prof. Albert Polman, e-mail: polman@amolf.nl

September 17, 2010 - Class 0: Introduction to nanophotonics

September 24, 2010 - Class 1: Resonances, refractive index and particle plasmons

Ocotber 1, 2010 - Class 2: Surface plasmon polaritons

October 8, 2010 - Class 3 - Class Cancelled!

October 15, 2010  No class, explanation of homework assignments for Class 1, 2, and 3: 11.00-13.00 hr (Class will be in BBL 106)
  • If you're looking for places to refresh some basic background of elecrodynamics and the wave nature of light, you can download a book chapter here, taken from the book 'Laser Fundamentals' by Silfvast. Alternative texts can be found for example in the textbooks 'Classical Electrodynamics' by Jackson or 'Introduction to Electrodynamics' by Griffiths.
October 22, 2010 - Class 3 - Photonic crystals
  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, October 29. No late returns !

October 29, 2010 - Class 4: Density of optical states
  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Assignment for this week as well as tabulated data for exercise 2: LDOS_assignment_data.dat. The data is taken from this paper. Please hand in on Friday, November 12. No late returns!
  • The class assistant for this assignment is Hinke Schokker (schokker @ amolf.nl).
November 5, 2010 - 10.00-16.00 hr. Excursion to AMOLF in Amsterdam.
November 12, 2010 - Class 5: Rare earth ions and quantum dots
  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, November 19. No late returns !

November 19, 2010 - Class 6: Microcavities (From now on class will be in BBL 112!)

  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, November 26. No late returns!
    Use slide 14 from the presentation, and section 3.3.2 of the Ph.D. Thesis by Kippenberg for the explanation of critical coupling.

November 26, 2010 - No class, explanation of homework assignments for Class 3,4, and 5 : 11.00-13.00 hr.

December 3, 2010 - All-day Excursion to Philips Research - Eindhoven (9:30-15:30)
  • The program can be dowloaded here.
  • Directions: Take the train to Eindhoven station. Exit at the North entrance where all the busses are located. To come to the high tech campus you can take the bus number 407 or 17. The bus stop is HTC/The Strip. We will meet at Café The Strip (see Visitor map).
December 10, 2010 - Class 7: Near-field optics.
  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Please read this text on near-field optics. Together with the class slides, it will help you make the assignment (in particular sections 1-3).
  • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, December 17. No late returns! You will need to use this data file , and you can use this Mathematica notebook . If you are unfamiliar with Mathematica (or do not have access to it), please cooperate with a fellow student. Teaching assistant: Jorik van de Groep (groep@amolf.nl).

December 17, 2011 - Class 8: Metamaterials
  • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
  • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, January 7 . No late returns !. TA Ivana Sersic sersic@amolf.nl
  • Picture of the Philips excursion

    Christmas break


  • January 7. 2010 - Class 9: Nanophotovoltaics
    • Presentation. Please review this carefully and be prepared in the next class to present parts of it.
    • Assignment, please hand in on Friday, January 14, 2010. No late returns! For the assignment you need the AM1.5 spectrum and the dielectric constants of silicon.

      January 14, 2011 - Nanophotonics summary.
    • Each of you will give a 4 minute presentation of one powerpoint slide on the topics treated in class.

    January 21, 2011 - No Class


      January 28, 2011 -  Closing symposium 10:00-13.00 hr. It will be in the basement of the Robbert v.d. Graaf building!
      • you will present one paper in the closing symposium. Each presentation takes 8 minutes, after which there is room for questions. The program of the symposium can be found here. There will also be a question session. You are invited to bring along fellow students that are not part of this course.
      • Location: Basement Robbert v.d. Graaf building.