MICRO-423 / 3 credits

Teacher(s): Psaltis Demetri, Pu Ye

Language: English

Withdrawal: It is not allowed to withdraw from this subject after the registration deadline.


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.



Optical instruments, optical measurement techniques, Diode laser, He-Ne laser, Fourier optics, waveguide and fiber optics, error analysis

Learning Prerequisites

Required courses

Bachelor in

  • Microengineering, or
  • Electrical and electronic engineering, or
  • Physics.

Recommended courses

MICRO-420: Advanced optics

MICRO-421: Imaging optics

MICRO-422: Lasers and optics of nanostructures

MICRO-523: Optical radiation detection methods

MICRO-321 Optical engineering I

MICRO-321 Optical engineering II


Important concepts to start the course

Basics of optics, programming with MATLAB or similar, matrix calculations, Fourier transformation, electromagnetic waves, refraction and reflection, polarization, basics of geometrical optics, semiconductor physics, laser physics.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply principles of laser security
  • Perform data analysis using excel and Matlab
  • Assess / Evaluate the reliability of a measurement
  • Perform an optical measurement
  • Explain measurement results
  • Estimate measurement errors

Transversal skills

  • Manage priorities.
  • Communicate effectively, being understood, including across different languages and cultures.
  • Use both general and domain specific IT resources and tools
  • Continue to work through difficulties or initial failure to find optimal solutions.
  • Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
  • Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.

Teaching methods

  • Practical laboratory work in group (2 persons)
  • 4 Experiments (2 afternoons each)

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 (individual)

Evaluation of written report (group)

Evaluation of laboratory notebook (individual)


Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No



Fundamentals of photonics / B.E.A. Saleh, M. C. Teich, 2007

Integrated optics: theory and technology, vol. 33 / Hunsperger, 2009

An introduction to error analysis: the study of uncertainties in physical measurements, J. R. Taylor, University Science Books, 2nd ed., 1997

Fundamentals of optical waveguides / Katsunari Okamoto, 2006

Ressources en bibliothèque


Handout of course slides and documentation of individual experiments

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

MICRO-425           Optics laboratories II

In the programs

  • Exam form: During the semester (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Optics laboratories I
  • Practical work: 3 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week