Optical Nanostructures and Materials


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module builds on knowledge in the area of Electromagnetism, and Optics and Spectroscopy.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The student must obtain knowledge about optical nanostructures and components, optical microscopy techniques for nanostructures, propagation, scattering and absorption of light in nanostructures, the optical response of nanomaterials, and the related theory and theoretical methods.

Students completing the module will obtain:

Learning objectives


Knowledge within the following areas
• Optical nanostructures and components
• Optical microscopy techniques for nano- and microstructures including the physical limitations to the resolution of the microscopies
• Theoretical methods for the optics of nanostructures including the modeling of electromagnetic fields in nanostructures, the scattering of light by nanostructures, and propagation and absorption of light in nanostructures.
• Optical response of nanomaterials including effects due to electronic quantization in nanoscale structures


The student must be able to apply the knowledge in above mentioned areas for solving problems including modeling of the optics of nanostructures on a computer.


Based on given information the student must be able to discuss and argument using concepts from the field of optical nanostructures and materials.

Type of instruction

Lectures combined with theoretical exercises.

Extent and expected workload

This is a 5 ECTS course module and the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student



Name of examOptical Nanostructures and Materials
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
AssessmentPassed/Not Passed
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleOptiske nanostrukturer og -materialer
Module codeF-NFM-K2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionDanish and English
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Mechanical Engineering and Physics
DepartmentDepartment of Materials and Production
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science