In the past two decades, the development of nanophotonics, particularly photonic crystals, plasmonics, metamaterials and 2D material photonics, has led to the demonstration of many new and exotic optical phenomena that greatly changed our understanding of optics and electromagnetics. Bringing such cutting-edge knowledge to optical courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students can not only help the students better understand the fundamental principles of optics but also significantly increase their study interests. We have done this in the past several years and here we show some examples ranging from metamaterials to the optical responses of graphene.
Physics explain the world in strict rules. And with these rules, modern machines and electronic devices with exact operation manner have been developed. However, human beings exceed these machines with self-awareness. To treat these self-awareness students as machines to learn strict rules, or to teach these students according to their aptitude? We choose the latter, because the first kind of teaching would let students lose their individual thoughts and natural ability. In this paper we describe the individualized teaching of “semiconductor lasers”.