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Jun.-Prof. Dr. Thomas Weiss

4th Physics Institute
Room 4-557
+49 711 685 69847

Office hours by arrangement

Dr. Martin Schäferling

4th Physics Institute
Room 4-308
+49 711 685 64955

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Micro- and Nanooptics


  • Exercise sheet 3 will be discussed on June 21 instead of June 14. The subsequent exercise classes will follow the original schedule (sheet 4 will be discussed on June 28).
  • Details about the exercise class has been published. They start on May 10th.
  • The date of the lecture has changed. It takes now place on Tuesday, 15:45 - 17:45.
  • Please contact Thomas Weiss if you would like to attend the lecture, but the date doesn't fit.
  • The lecture starts on April 12, 2017. Please note that the lecture takes place in Room 4.342; the room announced in C@MPUS is incorrect.


Owing to the advances in fabrication technologies, classical optics has developed tremendously in recent years. New research areas dealing with structure sizes in the same order of magnitude or smaller than the wavelength of light have been established. This implies structure sizes in the range of micro- to nanometers in the optical domain. In this lecture, the most important advances in this field will be presented with focus on the theoretical background, starting from the well-established Mie-theory and going to state-of-the-art research, such as plasmonics and metamaterials.

The lecture is a special lecture for the module "Advanced Optics". It will be given in English.


Tuesday15:45 - 17:15Room 4.342, Pfaffenwaldring 57


Wednesday14:00 - 15:30Room 4.342

The exercise class takes place every second week, starting on May 10th.

Students of the master program Photonics Engineering are required to present a short talk (15 minutes) at the end of the semester. Possible topics are:

  • Plasmonic refractive index sensing
  • Purcell effect in plasmonic nanoantennas
  • Plasmonic analogue of electromagnetically induced transparency
  • Metamaterial cloaking
  • Metasurfaces
Details will be discussed in the first exercise class.


  • C.F. Bohren and D.R. Huffman: "Absorption and scattering of light by small particles" (Wiley)
  • K. Sakoda: "Optical properties of photonic crystals" (Springer)
  • S.A. Maier: "Plasmonics – Fundamentals and Applications" (Springer)


  • Scattering of light at small obstacles
  • Plasmonics
  • Photonic crystals
  • Metamaterials
  • Transformation optics


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