The 21st century is the century of the photon and photonics is the science and technology of generating, controlling and detecting photons. Lasers and related technologies are today indispensable tools in very diverse fields of science, manufacturing and medical applications. Light-emitting diodes replace our traditional lighting and contribute to lowering global power energy consumption.
Photonic technology, i.e. optical fibres and integrated photonic devices, is the backbone of global communication and information exchange, with transformational impact on today’s global society. Laser-based imaging, diagnostics and treatment methods revolutionise the life-science sector. The Photonics programme at Lund University aims at educating talented students in the science and technology that lies behind the photonics revolution. You will obtain an in-depth understanding of optics and laser technology as well as practical experience in optical design. You will experience working in modern optics and laser laboratories and gain detailed knowledge of important photonics applications (e.g. communication or medical optics). The education programme is coupled to world-leading research activities in optics, lasers and their applications, performed at the Lund Laser Centre. You will obtain universal skills preparing you for excelling both in industrial or academic future careers.
Optics and Optical Design (7.5 credits)
Lasers (7.5 credits)
Optoelectronics and Optical Communication (7.5 credits)
Advanced Optics and Lasers (7.5 credits)
Master’s degree project (30 credits)
Medical Optics (7. 5credits)
Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (7.5 credits)
A number of 7.5 credit/ECTS courses available in the areas of digital communication, nanotechnology, laser science and bio-photonics.
The employment opportunities in photonics are excellent. The photonics market features stable growth much beyond the global GDP growth. Applications of photonics include light sensing, telecommunication, information processing, illumination, metrology, spectroscopy, medicine, laser material processing, automotive robotics and defence. While the photonics industry is truly global, a number of photonics related companies (e.g. Axis Communications, NKT Photonics, Veoneer, Ericsson) exist in Lund and the greater Öresund region and two international research facilities create additional opportunities for photonics engineers – MAX IV, a synchrotron radiation laboratory that opened in Lund in June 2016, and ESS, the European Spallation Source that is currently under construction.