Sensing Photonics Technologies

Students get knowledge of quantum electronics and laser techniques. They get skills of practical work with modern laser techniques and laser measurement equipment, the ability to carry out science research during the development of new laser measuring devices and systems.

Every year we examine and update our programs. 
Meet the improved version of the program "Laser Measuring Technology" now called "Sensing Photonics Technologies​"
The program code remains the same (12.04.01), students enrolled in "Laser Measuring Technology" are admitted to study under improved program "Sensing Photonics Technologies".


Language of instructions: English
Degree acquired: Master's
Program code: 12.04.01
Faculty Faculty of Information Measurement and Biotechnical Systems
Number of students: 10-15
Program: 120 ECTS credits, full-time Master’s Degree (2 years)
Eligibility: Candidates must hold previous degree in engineering area
Academic year includes: 2 semesters beginning on 1st September and 10st February
Holidays: Winter holidays - 2 weeks (January); Summer holidays - 2 months (July, August)
Application deadline: May
Master’s Thesis defense: June

 Program presentation

Main Disciplines

Educational process provides studying of the following subjects:

Fundamental Courses

Wave Optics (6 ECTS)

Physical basics of optical systems for data collection, storage, and transfer are presented. Primary attention is paid to the laws of light reflection, refraction, and propagation in anisotropic media. Light propagation in optical fiber and the idea of the optical fiber communication systems are described on this basis. Light interference, as well as some of its applications (interference measurement converters, interference filters, and demultiplexers), are considered. The idea of moving media optics and measurement converters on this basis is presented.

Optical Systems and Components (5 ECTS)

Contains the basic data on the principles of design, calculation, working out and adjustment of various optical systems. The basic types of imaging optical systems (telescopes, microscopes, camera lenses etc.), their features and the general properties are considered. Basics of the theory of the optical image and aberrations are presented. The basic types of non-imaging optical systems – lighters, projectors, various types of interferometers are considered also, and also the basics of optical photometry are considered. The course also presents the basics of optical materials and technology, including the processes of glass fabrication and optical crystals growth, the idea of glass and crystal processing (cutting, grinding, polishing and finishing). Main types of optical components (plates, prisms, wedges, spherical and aspherical lenses) are described. The information about optical films and coatings is presented. Finally, the idea of optical design, production and testing routines is presented.

Laser Technique (5 ECTS)

The fundamentals of quantum electronics and laser technique are presented, including the fundamental laws of light emission and absorption, the idea of the inversed (active) media and of the light amplification. Basic principles of laser cavities and their modes are outlined. Basic principles of laser generation are described in semiclassical approximation. Laser technique fundamentals are illustrated by the more detailed description of various specific kinds of lasers, including gas lasers (neutral atom, ion, molecular and excimer ones), solid-state lasers (glass and crystalline ones, including the Q-switched lasers and lasers with mode synchronization) and semiconductor ones.

Laser Systems (4 ECTS)

Course “Laser system” contains information about physical fundamentals and design of modern laser systems.  Requirements to laser systems, used in science and industry, are analyzed. Main characteristics and technical features of laser systems are presented. Applications of laser systems in industry, environmental monitoring, optical communication and biomedicine are discussed.

Laser Radiation Control (4 ECTS)

The course presents the physical background of the devices, providing laser beam control and transformation. We consider the light polarization rotation and the basics of nonreciprocal devices on their basis; the nonlinear optical methods and devices for radiation frequency conversion. The course also presents the information about the light scattering, including the stimulated one and about the wave front transformation and correction by means of adaptive optics and holography.

Optoelectronics (4 ECTS)

The course provides the theoretical background of the passive optoelectronic devices. We consider the main components of such devices like light sources and sensors, the basics of photometry, the photo receivers'’ performance as well as the basics of evaluation of signal and noise amplitudes at the photo receiver output. Special attention is paid to the practical implementation of the theoretical information.

Basic Special Disciplines

Laser Measuring Systems (4 ECTS)

The course is devoted to the physical background and principles of design of the laser measuring systems for evaluation of movement parameters like linear and angular movement, speed and acceleration. We consider the schemes and performance principles of modern laser measurement systems. Special attention is paid to the accuracy of such systems and to their efficiency improvement. The tendencies of technique development are considered.

Laser and Fiber Optic Technologies in Navigation Systems (3 ECTS)

The subject of the course is the study of fundamentals and main types of optical gyros, based upon the use of quantum electronics and waveguide technologies – namely, of laser and fiber optical gyros, as well as of the systems, providing technique implementation in the measuring apparatus, in the inertial navigation and movement control systems.

Fiber and Integrated Optics (4 ECTS)

Basic information about the principles of light propagation through optical fibers and waveguides is presented. Inter-modal and material dispersions in fibers are analyzed as well as their influence onto the rate of data transfer via fiber-optical communication lines (FOCL). Waveguide connectors, including the grating and prism type ones, are described. Two-  channel directed splitters and other elements of integrated optics are considered as well as their use in FOCL. The means and methods of time and spectral multiplexing are analyzed. The course describes modern schemes of FOCL architecture. Diode light sources for FOCL applications are discussed and in addition, the fiber-optical sensors of various nature.

Interdisciplinary Project "Development and Design of Laser Measuring Devices and Systems“

General Educational Disciplines

  • Foreign Language (2 credits in each semester, 6 ECTS in total)
  • Information Technologies in Instrumentation (2 ECTS)
  • History and Methodology in Instrument Production (2 ECTS)
  • Commercialization of Results of Scientific Research and Development (2 ECTS)

Education and Research Facilities

  1. The laboratories of the graduating department of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems are equipped with modern facilities. The laboratories include:
  • Wave optics
  • Fundamentals of nonlinear optics
  • Guidance and stabilization of optical devices
  • Laser and fiber-optic technologies in navigation systems
  1. The graduating department conducts extensive research in such areas of industry as precision laser methods and means of measuring angles and angular movement parameters, adaptive optics and aberration correction by means of holography, laser systems in geophysics and seismic analysis, the use of lasers for the restoration of monuments of art and culture. The full description of scientific research trends of automatic control systems department can be found in the brochure.
  2. The competences of the program tutors guarantee a high level of training in the field of sensing photonics technologies. Applications of photonics are ubiquitous. All areas from everyday life to the most advanced science are included - light detection, telecommunications, information processing, photonic computing, lighting, metrology, spectroscopy, holography, laser material processing and art diagnostics & restoration. Due to the high level of practical training provided by ETU to future engineers and their ability to operate modern equipment, graduates of the department have various career opportunities in various fields.

Additional Educational Opportunities

  • Academic mobility

Students of the program have the opportunity to participate in short-term (2–4 weeks) and long-term (6–10 microns) internship programs, including double degree programs. The main international partners, where students of the program often have internships, are:

  • Ilmenau University of Technology;
  • Leibniz University of Hannover;
  • Lappeenranta University of Technology Aalto University;
  • Technical University of Sofia;
  • Technical University of Liberec.


ETU Lecturers and tutors

Yuri V. Filatov​
Head of the Program
Dr.Sc, Professor
Deputy head of Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems department
Disciplines: Wave optics, Fiber and Integrated Optics​

Alexander A. Sevriugin
Master Program coordinator
Assistant, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department

Vladimir Y. Venediktov
Dr.Sc, Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser Technique, Laser Radiation Control​, Optical Systems and Components

Petr A. Pavlov
Dr.Sc, Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Optoelectronics​, Laser Measuring Systems​

Vadim A. Parfenov
Dr.Sc, Associate Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser Systems​

Alexander A. Velikoseltsev​
Ph.D., Associate Professor, Laser Measurement and Navigation Systems Department
Discipline: Laser And Fiber Optic Technologies In Navigation Systems​​


Daria A. Uverskaia

International Student Recruitment & Support Manager

Alexander A. Sevriugin

Sensing Photonics Technologies Program Coordinator

Contact Information

Mon.-Fri.: 10:00-17:00 (admission 10:00-16:30)
197376, Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Professora Popova str., 5, building 3, 4th floor (room 3418)
+7 (812) 234-35-53
International Students Office
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