Program and Evaluation

The course is given on a compact format (2 weeks). The first week is given in the form of a seminar of an “autumn school” and takes place in Malangen hotel resort. It comprises 36 hours of lectures given by the course responsible and invited experts in the field and student presentations (4 hours). The second week is devoted to experimental work in laboratory facilities at UiT. Home assignments include 2 written reports that are a pre-requisite for admission to examination. 

The “autumn school”  will consist of five days of lectures and a poster session. The lectures will be covering the following topics: 

    • General introduction to optical sensing 
    • Waveguide sensors (Refractive index sensors, spectroscopic sensors based on integrated waveguides, plasmonic sensors, and substrate integrated waveguides)
    • Fiber sensors (Theory of optical fibers, refractive index sensors – strain, temperature, Brillouin- and Raman scattering sensors)
    • Free-Space (spectroscopic) sensors (Laser absorption-, photoacoustic- and photothermal spectroscopy, and photothermal imaging) 
    • Chem/Bio sensors (opto-chemical, electro-chemical, surface architectures, immobilization schemes)


  • week of lectures + exercises + 2 reports + oral exam  = 10 credits (open only to participants from Norway)
  • week of lectures only = 2 credits (all participants)

Course responsible Jana Jágerská (associate professor UiT), please contact for questions regarding the course content and evaluation. 

Lecturers: Jana Jágerská (associate professor UiT); Boris Mizaikoff (professor II UiT, professor Ulm University, Germany); Astrid Aksness (professor II UiT, professor NTNU); Christine Kranz (professor, Ulm University, Germany).

Laboratory exercises: Olav Gaute Hellesø (professor UiT); Sebastian Alberti (Postdoc. fellow UiT); Anurup Datta (Postdoc. fellow UiT)

Jana Jágerská

Boris Mizaikoff

Astrid Aksnes

Christine Kranz


Olav Gaute Hellesø

Anurup Datta

Sebastian Alberti



Recommended literature:
[1]. Fundamentals of Photonics (second edition), B.E.A. Saleh, M.C. Teich, published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. Chapters 5 and 8.
[2]. Hodgkinson J, Tatam RP. Optical gas sensing: a review. Measurement Science and Technology, Volume 24, Number 1, 2013, Paper number: 012004
[3]. More to be added…