Institut d’Optique Graduate School offers science education in state-of-the-art technologies and photonics and places strong emphasis on hands-on training, which is inseparable from top-level classroom training.

Labwork makes up a significant portion of the time spent by engineering students and master’s students. Courses are constantly updated and expanded to reflect the most recent advances in research in all areas of modern optics.

Institut d’Optique Graduate School is the only school of engineering in France, and for that matter the world, that provides its students with opportunities to perform top-level labwork in quantum physics (source of entangled photons, saturated absorption), instrumental optics (adaptive optics, phase-shifting interferometer, etc.), lasers (holography, interferometry, optical parametric oscillators, etc. ) and optical telecommunications (erbium-doped fibre amplifiers, 10 Gb/s digital transmission).

The following pages provide brief descriptions of the many types of labwork in optics and electronics offered in the three-year programme. There are also downloadable files (articles, posters, slideshows, etc.), some of which may prove highly useful for students preparing for the TIPE exam. Additional information is available on the website of Institut d’Optique Graduate School’s observatory at Saint-Etienne (projects in astrophysics, adaptive optics, etc.).

  • Laser

    Experiments on a vast number of laser types, from HeNe lasers, laser diodes, and diode-pumped solid-state lasers, to pulsed lasers, fibre lasers, and optical parametric oscillators.

    A course on lasers by (François Balembois) is available in the Optics for Engineers resources

    Presentations of the Liesse internship: Lasers and their applications

  • Instrumental optics

    From the simplest experiments in year one on optical instruments (microscopes, afocal lens, etc.) to the study of aberrations, wavefront analysis, photometry, the measurement of the modulation transfer functions in optical systems and adaptive optics.

  • Physical optics

    Standard year one experiments involving diffraction, spatial filtering, holography, and interferometers followed by more complex labwork on the interference of polarised light and ellipsometry. Properties of speckle, speckle interferometry, photorefractive crystals and real-time holography are also studied.

  • Fibre optics and optical telecommunications

    This heading encompasses experiments on fibre optic characterisation (dispersion measurement and optical time-domain reflectometry) as well as experiments involving fibres (fibre optic gyroscopes, laser and fibre amplifiers, fibre-optic communication, Raman scattering in a fibre).

  • Measurement systems: optical and electronic sensors

    This heading encompasses experiments with a strong focus on electronics and signal processing. The workings of devices such as sensors, optical and infrared detectors, infrared cameras and laser rangefinders are discussed.

  • Quantum physics, atomic physics, nanophysics

    Experiments in saturated absorption and generating plasmons. Creation of a source of entangled photons (violation of Bell’s theorem).


Lionel  Jacubowiez
Head of Engineering
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Vous préparez un TIPE

Vous préparez un TIPE

Depuis plus de 10 ans, chercheurs et enseignants de l’Institut d’Optique répondent aux nombreuses demandes et questions des étudiants en classe préparatoire qui préparent un TIPE lié au domaine de l’optique. Plus d’une centaine d’élèves peuvent chaque année assister à une séance de Travaux Pratique sur un sujet proche de leur TIPE avec des élèves-ingénieurs et encadrée par les enseignants de SupOptique.