387.087 Photonics 2
This course is in all assigned curricula part of the STEOP.
This course is in at least 1 assigned curriculum part of the STEOP.

2021W, VU, 2.0h, 3.0EC


  • Semester hours: 2.0
  • Credits: 3.0
  • Type: VU Lecture and Exercise
  • Format: Distance Learning

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of the course, students are able to explain and independently analyze advanced photonic concepts describing various linear and nonlinear interactions between light and matter.

Subject of course

Interaction of radiation and atomic systems:

  • Atomic susceptibility and optical Bloch equations
  • Gain saturation in systems with homogeneous and inhomogeneous broadening.
  • Spectral and spatial hole burning.

Coherent interactions:

  • Vector representation
  • Dicke’s superradiance
  • Photon Echoes
  • Self-induced transparency

Nonlinear Optics:

  • Nonlinear susceptibilities
  • Three and four wave mixing, phase matching (general principles)
  • TDSE
  • SHG, THG
  • Parametric amplification, oscillation, fluorescence
  • Optical Kerr effect
  • Spontaneous and stimulated Raman and Brillouin scattering. Optical phase conjugation.
  • Linear and quadratic electrooptic effects
  • Acoustooptics (as a form of three-wave mixing)

Technology overview of most significant laser types

  • General classification: semiconductor, fiber, gas, solid-state, etc. active media and pumping architectures
  • Typical solid-state lasers (Nd-, Yb-, Ti-, Cr- doped)
  • Typical fiber lasers (Er-, Yb- doped)
  • Typical high-power gal lasers (CO2, excimer)

Noteworthy laser applications:

  • Dynamics of laser—matter interactions, ablation regimes
  • Materials processing (cutting, welding, waveguide inscription, additive manufacturing, microfluidics)
  • Nonlinear-optical applications in medicine and biology (surgery, dentistry, two-photon microscopy, SRS tissue imaging)
  • Metrological applications
  • Astronomy (guided star)
  • Prospect for laser-driven energy generation from thermonuclear fusion.

Teaching methods

Presentation by lecturer

Mode of examination


Additional information

In 2021 the lecture will be held via distance learning.   Links to the on-line teaching will be send to all registered students. 

Permanent Zoom link:


Meeting ID: 982 5074 8680
Password: %B84U!^u


Am 6.10.2021 findet zur Vorlesungszeit (11:00 -13:00 Uhr) eine online live Vorbesprechung über ZOOM (Link oben) statt.



Course dates

Wed11:00 - 13:0006.10.2021 - 26.01.2022EI 8 Pötzl HS - QUER Vorlesung
Wed11:00 - 13:0006.10.2021 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/98250748680?pwd=NXJZbDZZcE40VTMzeTRSZUxJZ1ZJZz09 (LIVE)Vorbesprechung
Photonics 2 - Single appointments
Wed06.10.202111:00 - 13:00 https://tuwien.zoom.us/j/98250748680?pwd=NXJZbDZZcE40VTMzeTRSZUxJZ1ZJZz09Vorbesprechung

Examination modalities


Course registration

Begin End Deregistration end
22.09.2021 23:59 31.10.2021 00:59



Georg Reider, Photonik / Photonics

Ralf Menzel, Photonics Linear and Nonlinear Interactions of Laser Light and Matter, (Springer 2007)

Eugene Hecht, Optics, (Addison Wesley, 2002)

Orazio Svelto, Principles of Lasers, (Plenum Press, 1998)

Ammon Yariv, Quantum Electronics, 3rd edition  (John Wiley, 1989)

Robert Boyd, Nonlinear Optics, 4rd edition (Academic Press, 2020)

Marc Eichhorn, Laser Physics: From Principles to Practical Work in the Lab, (Springer 2014)

Previous knowledge

Photonics 1 or similar introduction into optics and optoelectronics


if required in English