Lectures organized by the NAM

Staff from the NAM lecture at different levels and to different sections of EPFL. The following list provides a short description of the courses we organize.

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Introduction to electrical engineering

This course provides an introduction to electrical engineering. The theoretical material is illustrated with practical exemples, exercices and laboratory work. During the course, the student will become familiar with the fundamental elements of linear DC circuits and learn how to analyze electric circuits and become familiar with electric laboratory equipment.

The content of the course includes an introduction on physical variables and unit systems; the analysis of DC circuits (current, tension, Ohm law, resistivity, conductivity, work, power, Kirchoff laws, current and voltage sources, DC circuit analysis, star-triangle transformation, impedance matching, equivalent bipole); the electric field (charge, field and electric potential, flux, dielectrics in an external field, permittivity, electrostatic fields, capacitance, capacitors, electric energy, electrostatic force) and the magnetic field (magnetic field, permeability, flux, magnetic potential, circulation, magnetic circuits, calculation of magnetic fields, magnetic force, induction, inductance, mutual inductance, magnetic energy).
Students: Electrical engineering, semester 1  Link to Moodle for this course
Instructor: Prof. Olivier J.F. Martin

Electrical engineering laboratories

These activities complement the course Introduction to electrical engineering and gives the students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience will all basic electrical measurement techniques. The characteristics and operation mode of a variety of instruments are reviewed in detail. These instruments include current and voltage sources, multimeters, oscilloscopes and signal generators. Different DC and transient phenomena are investigated from a practical point of view using basic circuits.
Students: Electrical engineering, semester 1
Instructors: Dr. Chantal Doré, Prof. Olivier J.F. Martin

Optical engineering I

The Optical engineering I & II courses provides a detailed introduction to optics, from fundamental principles to specific applications for 3rd year Micro- Nano-engineering students.

Numerous examples illustrate the utilization of optics for engineers.
Students: Micro- and nano-engineering, semester 5.  Link to Moodle for this course
Instructor: Prof. Olivier J.F. Martin

Selected topics in advanced optics

The course Advanced optics gives the students a broad and detailed knowledge of modern photonics so that they will be able to design and analyze optical systems including both active and passive elements.

The course includes: the foundations of optics (Maxwell's equations, wave equation, plane waves, polarization, boundary conditions, Snell's law, surfaces, stratified media, polarizability, dielectric constants, birefringence); Integrated optics (optical fibers, dispersion, waveguides, technology); coupled waves (coupled waveguides, Bragg effect, phase gratings, modulators, acousto-optical, electro-optical); image theory (Kirchhoff, Fraunhofer, Fresnel, image formation, aberrations); Fourier optics (spatial frequencies, filtering 4-f, OTF, MTF, resolution); micro-optics (diffractive elements, microlenses); non-linear optics (harmonics, parametric amplification); interferometry (spatial and temporal coherence, interferometry); holography (diffractive grating, image storage and retrieval, reflection holograms, transmission holograms); speckle (field of speckle, statistics, correlation, decorrelation, interferometry speckle, applications); detectors (gain, noise, signal to noise ration, detectors); microscopy (resolution, contrast, widefield, confocal fluorescence, polarization, multi-photon).
Students: Micro- and nano-engineering; electrical engineering, master   Link to Moodle for this course
Instructor: Prof. Olivier J.F. Martin

Nanophotonics and plasmonics

This course gives a broad presentation of plasmonics: the optical modes that occur in metals. It focuses on their fundamental properties and their applications for optical signal processing and biosensing.

The content includes: optics of metals and different models for their permittivity; localized plasmons on particles; plasmon-polaritons propagating on films; characterization (near-field microscopy, spectroscopy); plasmonic waveguides; passive and active plasmonic components; interactions with molecules (Raman, fluorescence, lifetime, quenching); plasmonic schemes for label-free sensing.
Students: Doctoral program in photonics  Link to Moodle for this course
Instructor: Prof. Olivier J.F. Martin