Postgraduate taught 

Quantum Technology MSc

Lasers and Integrated Optics M ENG5298

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Engineering
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course will provide students with a foundation in integrated optics and semiconductor lasers. Topics will include: solutions to the wave equation in semiconductor & planar waveguide structures; the operation of semiconductor lasers; materials used in semiconductor lasers; semiconductor lasers for specific applications; fabrication of semiconductor lasers and integrated optic devices.


2 lectures per week.


2 laboratory classes each of 3 hours

Excluded Courses





50% Written Assignment, including Essay (Technical essays)

50% Report (Lab reports)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students.  Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 


It is not possible to offer reassessment of practical or group work, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade.

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ provide a firm foundation in the theory of guided wave optics and semiconductor lasers;

■ identify linkages between material properties and the performance of semiconductor lasers; and

■ explain how semiconductor lasers and integrated photonic circuits are designed for specific applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ explain the operation of semiconductor lasers, including basic concepts such as stimulated emission;

■ use analytic and numerical approaches to find solutions in semiconductor and planar dielectric structures;

■ relate the performance of optoelectronics systems to constituent device structures and underlying material physics;

■ design semiconductor lasers for specific applications, including DFB and DBR lasers; and

■ design process flows for fabricating semiconductor lasers and integrated optic devices.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components of the course's summative assessment.


Students must attend the timetabled laboratory classes.