Optical Laboratories


Lecturer(s) :

Scharf Toralf




Only this year


Next time: Block course 3.09.-14.09.2018


This laboratory work allows students to deepen their understanding of optical instruments, optoelectronic devices and diagnostic methods. Students will be introduced in state of the art optical instruments and measurement principles.


4 experiments  to be chosen from a range of subjects with your thesis director. 

Available experiments: 

1.         Laser safety

2.         Optical fibers - Light injection, multi and single mode fibers 

3.         Tunable diode laser ' external cavity laser, MEMS grating 

4.         Fourier Optics'

5.         Solar cells'characterization

6.         Diode pumped Nd :YAG laser - frequency doubling 

7.         Birefringence and photoelasticity 

8.         Plasmonic particles and plasmonic nanostructures

9.         Digital Holography 

10.       Fabry Perot interferometer

11.        Microwave optics

12.        Optical fiber amplifier

13.        Optical fiber sensor

14.        Optical tweezer

15.        Spectroscopy - Grating and Fourier transform    

16.        Liquid crystal electro-optics



optics, optical instrumentation, optoelectronic measurements, fiber, lasers, polarization optics

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

MICRO-420: Advanced optics
MICRO-421: Imaging optics
MICRO-422: Lasers and optics of nanostructures

MICRO-522: Integrated optics
MICRO-523: Optical radiation detection methods

MICRO-321 Optical engineering I
MICRO-321 Optical engineering II


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods


- Practical laboratory work is given in groups of 2 persons

- 4 Experiments needed to be done. 

- Each experiment is carried over two days.

- There wil be an entrance exam for each experiment

- A lab-notebook will be used to document your work during the laboratory.

-  An examination will be organized at the end of the laboratory. 

Expected student activities

Individual activity
' Participation at all experiments

' Execution of practical work

' Keep a Laboratory note book

Group activity

' Scientific/technical report writing per experiment


Assessment methods

Discussion of basic concepts during instruction (individual)

Evaluation of experimental work (groupl)

Evaluation of laboratory notebook (individual)

Final exam 



In the programs

Reference week

      Exercise, TP
      Project, other


  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German