Teaching

Organization


Every PhD student is required to follow courses for a total of 18 CFUs, 6 of which must be for soft and complementary skills. Students are warmly encouraged to accumulate 12 CFUs in the first year and 6 CFUs in the second. The LENS PhD school organises four courses, 3 CFU each. It is mandatory for all students to attend: (1) one module of Imaging and microscopy, (2) Spectroscopy, (3) Light-matter interaction, and (4) Science communication (preferably during the first year). Other courses can be chosen among those organised by the Department of Physics and Chemistry.

According to the definition adopted by the University of Florence, one CFU corresponds to 25 hours of total work, including both frontal lectures and individual study. With the advancement of the student's education, the weight shifts toward individual study so that, at the graduate level, one CFU is assigned for four hours of frontal lectures and 21 hours of individual study.

By December of the first year, every student shall submit their study plan with the courses chosen for the three years. Each study plan shall undergo the approval of the Teaching Committee, after hearing the student’s Tutor.

At the end of each course, the students shall pass an examination; modalities of the examination will be agreed by the Teaching Committee and by the course teacher(s).

 

Courses at LENS in 2022

Microscopy and Imaging (basics) (3 CFU), R. Cicchi, L. Sacconi, L. Silvestri

All classes in Querzoli, Tuesdays 10:00 to 12:00. Email R. Cicchi to enrol.

Tue 08.03: Wave Equations and light-matter interaction (reflection, refraction, dispersion, interference) (Sacconi)   

Tue 15.03: Ray optics, lenses, optical systems, matrix optics (Cicchi)

Tue 22.03: Contrast mechanisms: absorption, scattering, fluorescence (Sacconi)

Tue 29.03: Optical microscopy, magnification, resolution (Silvestri)

Tue 05.04: Wide field, confocal, and non-linear microscopies (Cicchi)

Tue 12.04: Detectors and processing of digital images (Silvestri)

 

Light-matter interaction (3 CFU), A. Zavatta

All lectures in aula Querzoli from 10 to 13h. Email A. Zavatta to enrol.

25 May, Introduction to quantum mechanics (F. S. Cataliotti)

26 May, Introduction to quantum mechanics (F. S. Cataliotti)

08 Jun, Single emitters and Single photons: Basic facts and Measurement Techniques (C. Toninelli)

10 Jun, Single emitters and Single photons: Basic facts and Measurement Techniques (C. Toninelli)

15 June, Quantum light engineering and characterisation at the single photon level (A. Zavatta)

17 June, Quantum light engineering and characterisation at the single photon level (A. Zavatta)

29 June, Experimental techniques in quantum opto-mechanics (F. Marin)

01 July, Experimental techniques in quantum opto-mechanics (F. Marin)

 

Science communication* (3 CFU), G. Santambrogio and C. Sias

Beginning March 14th, 2022.

Each student will give two presentations, one on a topic assigned by the teachers, one on their PhD work. All further instructions will be given in Google Classroom. Registrations are now closed. 

 

Smart Polymers for photonics and medicine (2 CFU), D. Martella and C. Parmeggiani

September 20, 22, 27, 29, 9:30 to 11:30, in aula Querzoli. 

We will briefly describe selected class of smart polymers (stimuli responsive networks, hydrogel, etc.) together with their application in different research field, such as photonics and medicine. The examples will spine from tunable micro lasers and innovative approach to cryptography, to cell scaffold, biosensors and cardiac devices.  Email C. Parmeggiani to enrol.

 

Python for data analysis, G. Mazzamuto and A. Scaglione

All Classes are at 10:30 to 12:30 in room 218, Department of Physics. Dates: 28 April, 5, 12, 19, 25 May, 1, 8, 15 June.

Here you can find the updated Syllabus for the class

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OOJpzq883C36F-69wpx_kdTN9JB9D2CYb7ikUy95Sig/edit?usp=sharing

 

 

Courses at LENS in 2023

Microscopy and Imaging (advanced) (3 CFU), R. Cicchi
Spectroscopy (3 CFU), P. Foggi
Science communication* (3 CFU), G. Santambrogio and C. Sias

*Course valid for “soft and complementary skills”