Optics and Biophysics

Course descriptions,
Specialization in Optics & Biophysics

If you opt for the Optics & Biophysics specialization of the Master’s programme in Applied Physics, you will take four required general track courses. You will also take a number of chair-specific required courses, depending on the research group in which you will be doing your graduation assignment. In addition, the various research groups offer a number of elective courses that you can choose from.

General Track Courses:

The four required track courses are Laser Physics, which deals with the main physical aspects of a very important light source, the laser; Quantum Optics, in which we will study the quantum properties of light, taking ground-breaking experiments as our guide; Wave Optics; and Quantum Emitters.

Courses offered by the various research groups

You will take different courses depending on the research group where you will be doing your graduation assignment. Each research group has some required courses and a number of recommend courses. A brief course overview is shown below.

Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics

The Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics research group’s required courses are Nonlinear optics and Experimental Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics, in which you will cover a topic in laser physics and nonlinear optics by carrying out an experimental assignment.

Recommended courses include a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses, Applied Quantum Mechanics, in which you will learn more about quantum mechanics, and Nano-Optics, in which you will look at a range of topics including light detection in nanostructures, optics in nano-sized structures and optics in periodic nanostructures.

Nano BioPhysics

The Nano BioPhysics research group’s required course is Biophysical Techniques and Molecular Imaging, in which you will be introduced to a selection of advanced micro-spectroscopic techniques for molecular and cellular studies. Furthermore, you will take one of the following two courses: Biophysics or Bionanotechnology.

Recommended courses include:

  • Nano-Optics: in which you will look at a range of topics including light detection in nanostructures, optics in nano-sized structures and optics in periodic nanostructures;
  • Experimental Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics: in which you will cover a topic in laser physics and nonlinear optics by carrying out an experimental assignment;
  • Characterization of Nanostructures: which will introduce and discuss a wide range of modern, state-of-the-art analytical techniques and tools to characterize the structure and properties of nanostructures; and
  • a Capita Selecta Course: which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses

Optical Sciences

The Optical Sciences research group has two required courses. The first is Nano-Optics. In this course, you will look at a range of topics, including light detection in nanostructures, optics in nano-sized structures, and optics in periodic nanostructures. The second is Experimental Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics, in which you will cover a topic in laser physics and nonlinear optics by carrying out an experimental assignment.

In addition to the two required courses, there are also recommended courses:

  • Nano-Electronics: the study of the electronic and magnetic properties of systems with critical dimensions in the nanoregime;
  • a Capita Selecta Course: in this course, you will deal with chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Complex Photonic Systems

The Complex Photonic Systems research group has two required courses. The first is Nanophotonics, in which you will explore the propagation of light in ordered and disordered photonic materials. The second is Nanophotonics experiments. This course consists of a practicum in which you will deal with the same subjects covered in Nanophotonics; the course is concluded with a report and presentation.

In addition to the two required courses, there are also recommended courses, including these:

  • Experimental Laser Physics and Nonlinear Optics: in this course, you will cover a topic in laser physics and nonlinear optics by carrying out an experimental assignment;
  • Advanced quantum mechanics: an introduction to some of the more advanced tools used in quantum mechanics;
  • Theory of Complex Functions: learn more about complex functions;
  • Theoretical Solid State Physics: get familiar with solid state physics;
  • Applied Quantum Mechanics: gain further insight into quantum mechanics;
  • a Capita Selecta Course: in this course, you will deal with chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Biomolecular Electronic Structure    

Biomolecular Electronic Structure takes a more interdisciplinary approach. The courses are therefore a combination of courses from all three tracks. The required courses are

  • Quantum Optics,
  • Quantum Emitters,
  • Theoretical Solid State Physics
  • Soft and Biological Matter.

The chair-specific courses are Applied Quantum Mechanics, in which you will learn more about quantum mechanics, and Advanced Quantum Mechanics, which will provide you with an introduction to some of the more advanced tools of quantum mechanics.

The recommended course is a Capita Selecta Course, which is used for chair-specific activities that are not part of the regular courses.

Research Groups

Would you like to know more about the various research groups? Check out our website to learn about the research being conducted at the University of Twente.

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