2023 Advanced Course of Materials Optics

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Graduate major in Materials Science and Engineering
Yano Tetsuji  Matsushita Nobuhiro 
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Mon3-4(S7-201)  Thr3-4(S7-201)  
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Course description and aims

This advanced course on optical materials covers functional materials that function based on the interaction between mainly inorganic substances and light, electromagnetic waves, and magneto-optic materials and devices including .
The first half of the course covers the excellent optical properties that arise from the special structure and properties of inorganic materials, as well as the functions and principles of expression of optical materials and elements that utilize them such as optical fiber, optical waveguides, lasers, optical amplifiers, optical resonators, electrooptic elements, and nonlinear optical elements. In the latter half students learn to see things in terms of the correlation between light and magnetism. After relearning about fundamental phenomena of optics, students learn the magnetic domain observation using Faraday and Kerr effects, tensorial representation of permittivity and conductivity, light propagation based on Maxwell equation, consecutiveness of electromagnetic field at interface followed by optical disk, magneto-optical recording, magneto-optical devices for optical communication, advanced devices utilizing magneto-optic materials. Students also learn about metamaterials for creating substances with a peculiar refractive index by controlling electric permittivity and magnetic permeability through the introduction of artificial structures.

Student learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
1) know about the relationships between structure and properties of optical materials.
2) understand the principles of optical wave propagation theory in fiber and waveguide, and the derived functionality.
3)understand the principles of laser oscillation, optical amplification, and their optical phenomena inside the optical cavity structure.
4) know the interaction of electric field with inorganic materials and the induced electro-optical and non-linear optical phenomena.
5) understand the basis of magneto-optic material and know their device applications.
6) understand the basic theory, structures and functions of metamaterial and study a basic guide line to its design.


Optical materials, optical wave, propagation, optical fiber, optical waveguide, optical oscillation, optical amplification, electro-optic effect, optical nonlinear effect, Photonics and magnetics, Metamaterial, Permittivity, Permeability

Competencies that will be developed

Specialist skills Intercultural skills Communication skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills

Class flow

Exercise problems would be provided occasionally for better understanding of the course contents.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Inorganic materials, glass for Optics and photonics Optical window, glass, optical materials
Class 2 Host glass for optically active elements Transparent media, host glass, optically active element
Class 3 Optical fiber of inorganic glass optical fiber, optical loss, core-clad structure, silica glass
Class 4 Optical waveguide of inorganic materials Optical cavity of inorganic materials optical waveguide, silica glass, dielectric single crystal optical cavity, Q value
Class 5 Optical amplification in inorganic materials optical amplification, gain, population inversion
Class 6 Lasing in inorganic materials laser, threshold
Class 7 Electro-optic phenomena in inorganic materials electro-optic effect, Pockels effect, Kerr effect, modulation
Class 8 Relearning about fundamental aspects of optical and magnetic materials Polarized light, Optical rotation, Magnetization, Magnetic domain
Class 9 Magneto-optical effects and magnetic domain observation Magneto-optical effects(Faraday and Kerr)
Class 10 Tensorial representations of pertimittivity and conductivity Permittivity and negative refractive index
Class 11 Light propagation based on Maxwell equations Consecutiveness of electromagnetic field at interface
Class 12 Device applications of magneto-optics I (Recording) Photo-assisted magnetic recording at ultra high density
Class 13 Magneto-optical devices for optical communication Opticla fiber, Optical isolator
Class 14 Metamaterial Kind, structure, property, and preparation processes of metamaterial

Out-of-Class Study Time (Preparation and Review)

To enhance effective learning, students are encouraged to spend approximately 100 minutes preparing for class and another 100 minutes reviewing class content afterwards (including assignments) for each class.
They should do so by referring to textbooks and other course material.


Not specified.

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Not specified.

Assessment criteria and methods

Achievement is evaluated by the percentage of attendance, homeworks or presentation and final exam.

Related courses

  • MAT.C402 : Quantum Physics in Optical Response of Materials
  • ENR.I510 : Optical properties of solids

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students must have completed a course of electromagnetics or have equivalent knowledge.

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