The Master in Photonics is a two year (four semesters), English-taught program designed to prepare students for a challenging career in the fast growing photonics industry or in qualified research institutions. Indeed photonic technologies are currently pervading several fields, taking up a crucial role in advanced applications dealing with communications, medicine, imaging, lighting, heavy duty industry, biology, energy conversion, automotive, consumer and sensing. Expertise in photonics is well evaluated in a wide range of small and large companies.
The master builds on the strong background of photonics’ research carried out at the Department of Electrical, Computer and Biomedical Engineering (ECBE), which is at the topmost international level in fields such as solid state lasers, biophotonics, silicon photonics, sensors, quantum optics and optical fiber communications. In these areas, the ECBE has several collaborations with national and international leading photonics industries, as well as research centers, and has also led to spin-off enterprises founded by faculty members.
The Master program starts with courses that provide the necessary mathematical and physical background for treating and understanding the propagation, generation and manipulation of laser beams. The student can then select among several applied courses on topics ranging from the study of advanced laser sources, of photonic devices and instrumentation to optical communications, biophotonics and optical micro-mechanical components. The courses are complemented by experimental activities in the University research laboratories with state of the art equipment.
The final semester is devoted to a research project. This activity can be carried out either at the University of Pavia or in one of the several partner industries, including ST Microelectronics, Huawey, Datalogic, Oclaro.
Past students of this Master have been employed in national and international leading photonics industries, as well as in dynamic local small and medium enterprises, such as Bright Solutions, Julight and Arkedos. Many students have developed a successful career in the best European Universities and research institutions, like Oxford University (United Kingdom), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), Max Planck Institutes (Germany), Interuniversity Microelectronics Centre (Belgium), Sharp Laboratories (United Kingdom), Institute of Photonic Sciences (Spain), Universitat de les Illes Balears in Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Glasgow University (United Kingdom), University of Southampton (United Kingdom), Italian Institute of Technology (Italy).