14:332:466 Optoelectronic Devices

Course Catalog Description: Overview of design and applications of optoelectronic devices, relationship between human vision and the design of optoelectronic displays, e.g., cathode-ray tubes, light-emitting diodes, liquid crystal displays, and plasma displays; concepts of laser physics with emphasis on semiconductor lasers; and fiber-optic waveguides and their coupling to various sources and detectors

Credits and contact hours: 3 credits; 1 hour and 20-minute session twice a week, every week

Pre-Requisite courses: 14:332:361, 14:332:382

Co-Requisite courses: None

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction and Applications; Optics Review
  • Optical waveguides
  • Optical fibers
  • Basics of quantum mechanics 
  • Basics of semiconductor physics and materials
  • Optical Amplifiers
  • Optical Resonators and optical gain
  • Lasers: Threshold conditions & fundamental device characteristics
  • Light emitting devices
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Specialized semiconductor lasers and laser applications
  • Optical modulation: internal modulation; external modulators (Mach-Zehnder etc)
  • Electroabsorption modulators; optical switches
  • Photo-detectors: basic physics, noise; various types (PIN, MSM, APD)
  • Solar cells

Textbook: B. E. A. Saleh & M. C. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, Wiley-Interscience, ISBN 0471358320.

Other supplemental material: Pallab Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices, Prentice Hall, ISBN 0134956567.