Course Syllabus for

Medical Optics
Medicinsk optik

FAF150F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2013
Decided by: FN1/Anders Gustafsson
Date of establishment: 2013-02-24

General Information

Division: Atomic Physics
Course type: Course given jointly for second and third cycle
The course is also given at second-cycle level with course codes: FAF150, FYST22
Teaching language: English


The aim with the course is to give the student knowledge of the interaction between light and highly scattering media, such as e.g. tissue. This knowledge is central for a large number of clinical diagnostic tools as well as laser based treatment modalities. Biomedical optics is a fast developing field of research and the medical industry will require people with this knowledge in the near future.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Medical applications of lasers. Theory: light propagation in strongly scattering media, analytical and numerical solution of diffusion equations, Monte Carlo simulations, heat transfer equations. Measurements of the properties of strongly diffusive media, temperature distribution in tissue following laser irradiation. Mathematical modelling of light and heat distribution in tissue. Lectures: light transport in tissue, optical properties of tissue, laser based medical applications Laboratory exercises: time-resolved spectroscopy and fluorescence imaging Computer exercises: Diffusion theory, Monte-Carlo simulations and FemLab as a simulation tool

Course Literature

Welch, A.J & van Gemert, M.C: Optical-thermal Responce of Laser-irradiated Tissue.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, seminars, laboratory exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report, written assignments, seminars given by participants. For grade 3 approved project and exercises are sufficient. The project is performed in groups of two students. The project is presented both orally and as a written report. For higher grades a written examination is required. A well performed project can give bonus points at the first regular examination. The project, two laboratory exercises and three computer exercises are compulsory
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Assumed prior knowledge: Knowledge of physics corresponding to a basic course in Physics at university level; Knowledge of mathematics equivalent to FMAF01 Mathematics - Analytic Functions and FMAF05 Mathematics - Systems and Transforms.
Selection criteria: No more than 40 students are accepted

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