2.718 Photonic Materials

Class Info

Provides a review of Maxwell's equations and the Helmholtz wave equation. Optical devices: waveguides and cavities, phase and group velocity, causality, and scattering. Light-matter interaction in bulk, surface, and subwavelength-structured matter. Effective media, dispersion relationships, wavefronts and rays, eikonal description of light propagation, phase singularities. Transformation optics, gradient effective media. Includes description of the experimental tools for realization and measurement of photonic materials and effects. Students taking graduate version complete additional assignments.

This class has 2.003, 8.03, and 6.161 as prerequisites.

2.718 will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by G. Barbastathis and N. Fang.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits.

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