Continuing Professional Development in Photonics

24-28 April 2017 (registration will be closing shortly)


The Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde is offering a new course in Photonics.

This course is aimed at providing a foundation in laser fundamentals and applied optics for professional physicists and engineers working in an industrial environment.

The course will be taught by leading scientists from the University of Strathclyde. Based on the REF 2014 GPA Scores, Times Higher Education ranked Strathclyde as number one in the UK for Physics research.

Course aim

To provide the foundation for the understanding of concepts in laser-based technologies and optical systems through:

  • Explanations of the underlying physics
  • Case studies of selected components and devices
  • Practical introduction to lens design

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at those with a physics or electrical engineering background working in an optics or photonics based R&D environment.

It provides a foundation for newcomers or a refresher course for more experienced professionals.

Course content

Subjects to be covered include:

  • Laser fundamentals
  • Gaussian beam fundamentals
  • Lens design
  • Non-linear optics
  • Fibre optics
  • Optical metrology
  • Optical semiconductors

Course structure

The course runs for one week (24 to 28 April 2017) with:

  • Twelve 1.5 hour lectures/discussion sessions
  • Two 3.5 hour laboratory sessions

In addition to this a number of extra-curricular presentations will be held by staff from the University on current research topics such as:

  • Quantum technology
  • Laser-plasma accelerators
  • High-resolution optical microscopy
  • Introduction to Fraunhofer UK

These lectures will run 5-6.30pm most evenings.


9:00-10:30 Fundamentals of lasers 1 Lens Design 2 Modern solid state lasers Optical semiconductors Fibre optics & communications
10:30-11:00 Break
11:00-12:30 Lens Design 1 Lab intro Fundamentals of lasers 3 Fundamentals of lasers 4 Optical microscopy
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-15:00 Fundamentals of lasers 2 Lab 1 Practical laser experiments & computational lens design


Lab 2 Practical laser experiments & computational lens design Metrology in space
15:00-15:30 Break Break
15:30-17:00 Lenses in cinematography Feedback session/departure 
17:00-18:30 Extra-curricular presentation Extra-curricular presentation  Extra-curricular presentation

Venue and Accommodation

The event will take place within the Department of Physics at the University of Strathclyde, which is within walking distance of Queen Street railway station and Buchanan Street underground station.

Entrance for the event is from Taylor Street

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Department of Physics,
John Anderson Building,
107 Rottenrow East,
Glasgow, G4 0NG


This city centre location provides a choice of accommodation starting in the region of £50 per night. 


£1500 (10% reduction for registrations before the end of February 2017) including lecture notes and material, lunch/refreshments & an afternoon excursion & dinner.


If you are interested in attending this course please register here.  Registration will be closing shortly.

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