Course Description
Find out what solidstate physics has brought to Electromagnetism in the last 20 years. This course surveys the physics and mathematics of nanophotonics—electromagnetic waves in media structured on the scale of the wavelength.
Topics include computational methods combined with highlevel algebraic techniques borrowed from solidstate quantum mechanics: linear algebra and eigensystems, group theory, Bloch’s theorem and conservation laws, perturbation methods, and coupledmode theories, to understand surprising optical phenomena from band gaps to slow light to nonlinear filters.
Note: An earlier version of this course was published on OCW as 18.325 Topics in Applied Mathematics: Mathematical Methods in Nanophotonics, Fall 2005.
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As Taught In:  Spring 2008 
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Graduate

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