MSE Master of Science in Engineering

The Swiss engineering master's degree

Ogni modulo equivale a 3 crediti ECTS. È possibile scegliere un totale di 10 moduli/30 ECTS nelle seguenti categorie: 

  • 12-15 crediti ECTS in moduli tecnico-scientifici (TSM)
    I moduli TSM trasmettono competenze tecniche specifiche del profilo e si integrano ai moduli di approfondimento decentralizzati.
  • 9-12 crediti ECTS in basi teoriche ampliate (FTP)
    I moduli FTP trattano principalmente basi teoriche come la matematica, la fisica, la teoria dell’informazione, la chimica ecc. I moduli ampliano la competenza scientifica dello studente e contribuiscono a creare un importante sinergia tra i concetti astratti e l’applicazione fondamentale per l’innovazione 
  • 6-9 crediti ECTS in moduli di contesto (CM)
    I moduli CM trasmettono competenze supplementari in settori quali gestione delle tecnologie, economia aziendale, comunicazione, gestione dei progetti, diritto dei brevetti, diritto contrattuale ecc.

La descrizione del modulo (scarica il pdf)riporta le informazioni linguistiche per ogni modulo, suddivise nelle seguenti categorie:

  • Insegnamento
  • Documentazione
  • Esame
Optical engineering and metrology (TSM_OpEngMe)

The TSM module "Optical engineering and metrology" will provide the students with knowledge of numerous engineering and practical aspects of optical components, instruments, and metrology systems. Starting from seemingly simple optical components (mirrors, lenses, gratings, filters), the module covers high tech novelties on how to improve those components and bring them to the new level. Building up on those concepts, we will discuss more complex components, including acousto-optic, electro-optic, and liquid crystal modulators, as well as simpler systems like objectives and spectrometers. The module will be completed with methods applied in industry for measuring and diagnostics of various processes, including industrial interferometry, spectroscopy, imaging, and precise distance measurements.


Optics: Basics of wave and geometrical optics;

Without optics basics during bachelor studies, the EVA “Fundamentals of light” should be visited before visiting further TSM modules.

Physics: Basics for engineers (bachelor niveau)

Obiettivi di apprendimento

After successfully completing this module, the students should:

  • understand the principles and know engineering aspects of basic optical components,
  • be able to choose the appropriate optical element (including appropriate coating) for their tasks,
  • know the principles of optical instruments and understand how some simple optical instruments operate,
  • understand some optical metrology and microscopy methods, typically used in industry,
  • be able to choose the appropriate optical diagnostics method for their process.

Categoria modulo

1) Optical components (total 5 weeks):

  • types of mirrors and lenses, incl. different coatings (1 week);
  • principles of operation and types of polarization optics (waveplates, polarizer, isolator) (1 week);
  • types, characteristics and applications of optical filters: absorption, interference, neutral density, reflective, long-pass, band-pass, notch, spatial, (1 week); 
  • gratings (1 week);
  • light modulators (chopper, LCD, AOM, EOM) (1 week);

2) Optical instruments (total 3 weeks):

  • Imaging optics (MTF, aberrations, camera objectives…) (1 week);
  • Spectrometers (1 week);
  • Colorimetry, color spaces and laser projection and displays (1 week);

3) Optical metrology (total 6 weeks): 

  • Industrial inspection: interferometry, industrial vision, Moire technique, laser triangulation (1.5 week);
  • Spectroscopy: linear absorption,  FTIR, luminescence, Raman (1 week);
  • Hyperspectral imaging (1 week);  
  • Microscopy: confocal, two-photon, super-resolution STED, OCT (1.5 week);
  • Laser detection: LIDAR, 3D sensing and self-driven cars (1 week);

Metodologie di insegnamento e apprendimento

Lectures, open discussion with students, self-study, seminar, and practical home work.


1) Lecturers' references to current literature,

2) Saleh, Tech: Fundamentals of optics

3) Hecht: Optics

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