The backbone of modern telecom infrastructure consists of optical fibre-based systems in combination with wireless technologies. Medical applications of photonics and microwaves are numerous, and measurement applications include radar, environmental monitoring and radio astronomy.
Satellite based microwave systems aid our everyday life e.g. television broadcasting, navigation and weather forecasts, and are used in remote sensing of the Earth and space geodesy.
Over the past decade, photonics and wireless technology have grown at an exceptional rate and investments in future telecom systems will have a profound impact on social and economic development, but everything wireless needs hardware.
The programme offers a unique opportunity to study a combination of subjects for which Chalmers has world-class facilities: Onsala Space Observatory with radio telescopes and equipment to study the Earth and its atmosphere, the Nanofabrication Laboratory with a cleanroom for research in and fabrication of micro and nanotechnology and research laboratories with state-of-the-art photonics and microwave measurement equipment.
We focus on applied science and engineering, where we combine theory with hands-on practise, labs and projects. We are involved in cutting edge research and the manufacturing of components for and like e.g. microwave and millimetre wave electronics, instruments for radio astronomy and remote sensing, optical fibres, lasers, and microwave antennas.
As a student of the programme, you will gain solid knowledge of wireless, photonics and space engineering on a system level as well as specialised skills in a chosen subfield. You will be prepared for a career in the field through studies of wireless and optical communication components and systems, RF and microwave engineering, photonics, and space science and techniques.
Research and Industry connections
Swedish industry has a strong tradition in wireless, photonics and space engineering and the Swedish wireless industry is largely situated in the Gothenburg region.
The programme is part of Chalmers Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Area of Advance, which is an organized interface between Chalmers and the ICT industry. The ICT academy arranges seminars on the latest industrial topics, supports students and faculty in getting access to industrial projects, field trips, internships etc and keeps the education in line with the continuously developing needs of the industry.
All teachers in the program are active researchers at Chalmers. At the department of Microtechnology and Nanoscience, a radio receiver has been developed together with the space industry for the radiometer SteamR (the second largest space initiative in Sweden). It will take part in the continuous measurement of atmospheric gases to create a better understanding of climate change. Since microwave power amplifiers dominate the energy consumption in mobile communication networks, Chalmers performs research on advanced transistor technologies and amplifier designs for increasing power efficiency. Research at the photonics laboratory focuses on different methods to increase data flow in fibre optical communications. For example, new optical amplifiers with extremely low noise with potential to fourfold the transmission distance for long distance links has been presented, as well as energy and cost efficient lasers for high capacity short distance links. This technology is well suited for interconnects and networks within e.g. datacenters or supercomputers.
The department of Earth and Space Sciences is involved in the development of methods to quantify gas emission from active volcanoes. Apart from geophysical research and risk assessment, this will provide information on ozone depletion and climate change. A method based on UV/visible light for quantifying hydrocarbon emission from oil related industrial activities has also been developed. Data from satellite global radar mapping is used to understand the role of forest in the global carbon cycle.
Chalmers will take part in constructing the Square Kilometer Array (SKA), the world's largest and most advanced radio telescope. A compact feed antenna with extremely large bandwidth is developed for this purpose. This antenna technique can also be used in satellite communication terminals, radio links and medical imaging.
Together the research laboratories cover phenomena of electromagnetic waves on all frequencies from microwaves to visible light. Not only are we connected to research, several companies have also emerged from research at Chalmers e.g: Bluetest, Food Radar Systems, Gotmic, Low-noise factory, Omnisys Instruments, Smoltek, and Wasa mm-wave.
Department of Earth and Space Sciences
The programme provides a masters education for a future career in engineering branches that rely heavily on electromagnetic waves e.g. telecommunication, automotive electronics, space engineering, medical applications of microwaves and photonics, remote sensing, solid state lightning, environmental monitoring, navigation and radio astronomy. You will find career opportunities in industry, at universities or research institutes.