Course detail

Nanophotonics and Plasmonics

FSI-TNF-AAcad. year: 2018/2019

Principles of propagation of optical signals in nanostructures (e.g. devices and circuits) under diffraction limits, methods of their application. Surface Plasmon Polaritons (SPP) - the way, how to surpass diffraction limits. Generation, propagation and detection of SPP. Surface Plasmon Polaritons and metallic nanostructures - Plasmonics. Propagating SPP, their applications in sensorics. Localized SPP - local excitation of electromagnetic field, application in generation and detection of electromagnetic radiation, sensorics and local spectroscopy.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students will learn the current status of a new field called Nanophotonics which will also be of assistance to them for the selection of their diploma and doctoral theses.


Elementary Physics, Theory of Electromagnetic Field, Quantum Physics, Solid State Physics.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Maier S. A.: Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Application, Springer 2007. (EN)
Maier S. A.: Plasmonics: Fundamentals and Application, Springer 2007. (EN)
Bohren C. F., Huffman D. R.: Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles, Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, 2006 (EN)
Bohren C. F., Huffman D. R.: Absorption and Scattering of Light by Small Particles, Wiley - VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, 2006 (EN)
Kreibig U., Vollmer M.: Optical Properties of Metal Clusters, Springer Verlag, Berlin 1995. (EN)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught through lectures explaining the basic principles and theory of the discipline. Exercises are focused on practical topics presented in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The assessment of a student is made upon his performance in practice and quality of a discussion on topics selected at the examination (lecture notes allowed at preparation).

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.


The goal is to give an overview of the methods providing the application of electromagnetic signals in the structures with dimensions below diffraction limit, especially on plasmonics as the major part of nanophotonics.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

The presence of students at practice is obligatory and is monitored by the tutor. The way how to compensate missed practice lessons will be determined by the tutor depending on the extent and content of the missed lessons.

Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme M2A-P Master's

    branch M-FIN , 1. year of study, winter semester, 6 credits, compulsory-optional

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


Fundamentals of Electromagnetic field . Propagation of electromagnetic waves in metals: dielectrical function of free electron gas, dispersion relation of free electron gas and bulk plasmons, energy of electromagnetic field in metals. Propagation of electromagnetic waves at metal-dielectric interfaces: Surface plasmon polaritons (SPP) - single interface, multilayer systems; excitation, detection and imaging of SPP; Application of SPP - planar waveguides, sensors, metamaterials and negative refraction index at optical frequencies, their application for perfect imaging.
Localized Surface Plasmons (LSP): quasi-static approximation, beyond quasi-static approximation - Mie theory of scattering and absorption of electromagnetic radiation by a sphere, approximation to more general object shapes (including apertures and voids), methods of observation of LSP, coupling between LSP, application of LSP - resonant plasmonic antennas (local sources and detectors of electromagnetic radiation in visible and infrared spectral region), LSP and transition of light through an aperture, local enhancement electromagnetic field in vicinity of metallic particles or tips and antennas - surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) and tips enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TERS), respectively, luminiscence induced by a metallic tip (STL), lithography.


20 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


The calculation of supportive theoretical examples takes place during the whole semester.

seminars in computer labs

6 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


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