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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Photonics 2030 — Introduction to Biophotonics

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Biophotonics is the science of generating and harnessing light (photons) to image, detect, and manipulate biological materials. Biophotonics is an emerging area that uses light to define and understand the inner workings of cells and tissues. This course presents an overview of the above.

Course Modules

  • Biology review including DNA, proteins, cells, tissues and structures
        Lab 1: DNA Extraction
        Lab 2: Enzyme action
  • Light basics including electromagnetic spectrum lasers, their safety and operation, health physics
        Lab 3: Refraction, Total Internal Reflection and Power Measurements Lab
  • Geometric Optics
  •     Lab 4: Microscope Principles

  • Sensor Fundamentals — CCD Basics
  • Light Tissue Interaction including reflection, refraction, absorption and scattering
        Lab 5: Pulse-Oximeter, Temperature Sensor, Fat Analyzer

Student Competencies

Upon successful completion of this course the student should be able to:

  1. Explain the structure of DNA and its function.
  2. Explain the structure of a cell, its components and functions.
  3. Operate a low-power laser safely.
  4. Explain the difference between laser light and ordinary light.
  5. Describe the rectilinear propagation of light including microscope principles.
  6. Explain how light interacts with living tissues via reflection, refraction, absorption and scattering.


Course components

  1. Theory
  2. Laboratory (Student must take and achieve 100% on a laser safety exam before entering the laser laboratories.)
  3. Internet Research


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