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GUC24S132C | Science of Light: From Fundamentals to Advanced Technologies

About the lecturer

Satoshi Iwamoto is a professor at the Research Center of Advanced Science and Technology and the Institute of Industrial Science at the University of Tokyo. He received his PhD in 2002 in applied physics from the University of Tokyo. During his PhD, he studied photorefractive effect in semiconductor quantum wells. After he joined the University of Tokyo as a research associate, he started research on photonic nanostructures. His research interests include topological photonics and phononics, singular optics, light-matter interaction in photonic nanostructures, and fabrication technology of photonic nanostructures. He received Young Scientist Award of Japanese Society of Applied Physics (2000), the Young Scientists’ Prize, the Commendation for Science and Technology by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan (2012), the 45th Laser Society of Japan/Distinguished Paper Award (Review Paper Section) (2021), and the Docomo Mobile Science Award (2022). He is a Fellow of Optica (Formerly OSA).
Prof. Satoshi IWAMOTO

Introduction Video

Science of Light


1 Subject Science of Light: From Fundamentals to Advanced Technologies
2 Field Physics and Engineering
3 Key words Light, Optics, Photonics
4 Global Unit 1
5 Lecturer Satoshi IWAMOTO
6 Period June 24 - 28, 2024
7 Time 13:00-14:30, 15:00-16:30 (Japan Standard Time)
8 Lecture style In-person (on Komaba Campus)
9 Evaluation Criteria Excellent (S) 90–100%; Very good (A) 80–89%; Good (B) 70–79%; Pass (C) 60–69%; Fail (D) 0–59%
10 Evaluation methods Attendance and participation 50%
Discussion in classes 20%
Final paper 30%
11 Prerequisites Equivalent of introduction to university physics.
Students who love physics are highly welcome.
12 Contents Purpose
Students who complete this course will be able to acquire fundamental knowledge about optics and photonics. I believe that such knowledge would be solid since students will have real experience with some of the optical phenomena in experiments. Students can also learn about new possibilities in optics opened by nanotechnology and/or by the concepts in other fields, which tells us of the importance of interdisciplinarity.  Besides, students can have an experience to enter the clean room facility for advanced semiconductor-based nanoelectronics and nanophotonics.

This course consists of 10 sessions provided in in-person format. In addition to lectures, experiments about the fundamental phenomena of light, which will be performed by students themselves, are scheduled. Students will be requested to report and discuss their results in class. We are also planning to visit the clean room facility, where we find the equipment used for advanced semiconductor nanotechnology.

(Subject to change)
1. Introduction: optical phenomena and technologies around us
2 & 3. Fundamental of optics
4 & 5. Make a hand-made spectrometer and see light spectra
6. Controlling light by nanostructures
7. Make materials brighter: Was Einstein wrong?
8. Advanced topics in optics and photonics
9. Lab tour (visit clean room)
10. Discussion

1. Presentation/discussion about your experiments (in the class)
2. Final report
13 Required readings It would be helpful for enriching your class experience if you could take a look at basic textbooks on optics, electromagnetism, and quantum mechanics, in advance.
14 Reference readings Class materials will be provided through the UTelF in advance.
15 Notes on Taking the Course None
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