Note: The Department of Physics and Computer Science is conducting a review of its program offerings that may result in the elimination of the BSc in Photonics program after all currently enrolled students have graduated. As a result, we regret to inform you that we are no longer admitting new students into the Photonics program. We are continuing to offer a BSc in Physics program, which is almost identical to the BSc in Photonics program in years 1 and 2, and students admitted to either program have always been free to switch to the other one prior to entering year 3. If Photonics is eliminated as a separate program, students with an interest in this field will still be able to study it by choosing electives within the Physics program. However, the number of available optics and photonics electives may be reduced. Learn more about our BSc in Physics program.
Photonics is the study of how individual particles of light or packets of electromagnetic energy behave, and the application of this theory to the technologies associated with the generation, manipulation, transmission, amplification and detection of photons.
Just as electronics was the dominant enabling technology of the last century, it is anticipated that photonics will be the dominant enabling technology of this century. Photonics is used in many industries, including telecommunications, health care and life sciences, optical sensing, defence, environmental monitoring, nanotechnology and commercial electronics.
Our Photonics program provides a solid physics background with an emphasis on optical physics to provide a strong understanding of the theory and application of photonics. You’ll receive hands-on exposure to optics, fibre optics, opto-electronics and optical networks. Courses in computing, digital electronics and analog electronics provide background for the interfacing, design and simulation of photonic systems.
Career examples of our graduates:
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