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Optics and Laser Physics

Optical devices are ubiquitous in our everyday life. We rely on devices like eyeglasses, displays, cameras, and optical fiber networks. Optical instruments and lasers are essential tools in our research. This course provides students with a working knowledge of optics and laser physics from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

Information for admitted students Spring 2021

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Experiment with orange laser at Stockholm University
Trapped ion experiment using an orange laser

Optics and laser physics is a rapidly developing field of research with applications in all science. For instance, novel optical devices, like super-resolution microscopes and optical tweezers allow the manipulation of microscopic objects in biology and medicine. Adaptive optics and gravitational wave detectors give us new perspectives in astronomy. Frequency combs and optical atomic clocks set new standards in precision measurements.

In this course you will learn the fundamental physics of such devices. You will learn about ray and wave optics, learn to identify aberrations in optical systems and to describe resolution limits in microscopy. You will also learn the working principle of a laser and its applications. Furthermore, you will discuss modern optics applications, like the ones mentioned above.

The course will provide students with the theoretical background of optics and laser physics, give practical information for the work in the lab, as well as hands-on lab experience.

Teaching during the spring semester 2021

During the spring semester 2021, the lectures and problem solving sessions will be given remotely. Laboratory work will be carried out on campus. The course is examined through written reports, remote oral presentations a remote oral exam.

The course is using the Athena learning platform.

  • Course structure

    This is a second cycle (advanced) course given at half speed during daytime. 

    Teaching format

    The teaching on this course consists of lectures, demonstrations, exercises and laboratory work.


    This course is examined with written and oral examinations and reports from practical laboratory work.


    Markus Hennrich

    Phone: +468 5537 8614


  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
    • Pedrotti, Pedrotti, Pedrotti: Introduction to optics (third edition, Prentice-Hall 2007)
    • Hecht, Optics (4th edition, 2001)
  • Course reports

    Här ligger ett skript.

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:
    Markus Hennrich, phone: +468 5537 8614, e-mail:

    Laboratory assistant:
    Harry Parke, e-mail:


    Academic Advisor at the Department of Physics:

    Student office: