Course code TA13
Course title Advanced Optical Methods for Biomedical Applications
Institution Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées
Course address ENSTA ParisTech - Palaiseau
City Paris
Minimum year of study 4th year
Minimum level of English Fair
Minimum level of French None
Key words biomedical optics, fluorescence, microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, harmonic generation, optical coherence tomography, optical tweezers, acousto-optical methods, light propagation in tissue
Language English
Professor responsible Karsten Plamann
Telephone 01 69 31 97 55
Fax 01 69 31 99 96
Participating professors

Karsten Plamann (ENSTA ParisTech)

Arnaud Dubois and Nathalie Westbrook (IOGS

Emmanuel Beaurepaire and Antigoni Alexandrou (EP),

Benoît C. Forget (Paris Descartes University),

Rémi Carminati and François Ramaz (ESPCI ParisTech);


Number of places Minimum: 6, Maximum: 12, Reserved for local students: 0
Objectives The objective of the course is to familiarise the students with advanced optical methods used for biomedical applications. The course will be taught by members of several leading French laboratories in the field ; the lectures will be held at the laboratories and will comprise laboratory visits and practical sessions. 
Programme to be followed

o     Introduction to optical imaging / Optical microscopy

o     Optical coherence tomography

o     Optical Tweezers

o     Fluorescence techniques

o     Non-linear microscopy / Super-resolution imaging

o     Light propagation in tissues

o     Acousto-optical methods for biological imaging

o     Holographic microscopy / Optics of ocular tissues



The level required corresponds roughly to the fourth year of any scientific studies. However, textbook knowledge of the basic concepts of physical optics would be needed. See for instance

o     Saleh / Teich, “Fundamentals of Photonics,” chapters 1+2;



We will provide a reading list for students wishing to prepare the course


Course exam Written exam