EE 60657 Optoelectronic Devices (Spring 2017)

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Credit hours: 3
Course website: on Sakai


The goal of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to understand the operating principles and practical devices features of semiconductor-based optoelectronic devices. The course will teach semiconductor physics (particularly quantum well structures, superlattices, coupled quantum wells, valence band structure, effects of strain, excitons) optical processes in semiconductors, semiconductor heterostructures, detectors (p-i-n, avalanche, and MSM), sources (light-emitting diodes, waveguide and vertical cavity lasers), electroabsorptive modulators (Franz-Keldysh, QCSE), electrorefractive (directional couplers, Mach-Zehnder), and switches (SEEDs).

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the principles, operation, and design of state-of-the-art optoelectronic devices
  • Evaluate an optoelectronic device (e.g. from literature) and propose a re-design or improvement in the device

Course Topics (may change based upon student interest)

  • Optical processes in bulk and low-dimensional semiconductors
  • Heterostructures
  • Valence band structure
  • Excitons
  • Electroabsorption
  • Semiconductor optical detectors
  • Light-emitting diodes
  • Semiconductor lasers
  • Optical modulators