EE/OPE 451, OPE 444 - Optoelectronics

(Dr. John Williams, Fall 2009)

[course notes listed below]

Course Syllabus

Course Instructor: 
Dr. J. D. Williams    406 Optics Building     (256) 824 – 2898

Office Hours:
Final Exam: 

Required Textbook:
S. O. Kasap, Optoelectronics and Photonics: Principles and Practices, Prentice Hall, 2001.

Optional Reading:

  1. Saleh and Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, 2nd ed. Wiley Interscience 2007.
  2. S. L. Chuang, Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd ed. Wiley, 2009.
  3. A. Yariv and P. Yeh, Photonics: Optical electronics in Modern Communications, 6th ed. Oxford University Press, 2007.
  4. D. Birtalan and W. Nunley, Optoelectrioncs: Infrared-Visible-Ultraviolet Devices and Applications, 2nd ed., CRC Press, 2009.

Course Prerequisites: 

EE 307 - Electricity and Magnetism
EE 315 – Introduction to Electronic Analysis and Design

Course Material:
Chapter 1: Wave Nature of Light – Conceptual Overview
Wave Equation, Refractive index, group and phase velocity, Pointing vector, Snell’s law, Fresnel’s equations, Optical Resonators, Optical Tunneling, Coherence, Diffraction
Chapter 2. Dielectric and Optical Waveguides
Symmetric planer dielectric waveguide, modal and waveguide dispersion
Chapter 3. Semiconductor Science and Light Emitting Diodes
Semiconductors and Energy Bands, Band gap Diagrams, pn junctions, science and engineering of light emitting diodes
Chapter 4.  Stimulated Emission Devices
            Laser Diodes, DFB laser, Quantum well devices, VCSELs
Chapter 5.  Photodetectors
pn junction, photodiode science and operation, avalanche and heterojunction photodiodes, phototransistors, photoconductive gain, noise
Chapter 6.  Photovoltaic Devices
Solar energy spectrum, device principles, I-V characteristics, equivalent circuit, temperature effects, materials, devices, and efficiencies

Chapter 7.  Polarization and Modulation of light
Polarization, propagation in anisotropic media, birefringent devices, optical activity, electro-optic effects, integrated optical modulators, acousto-optic modulators, magneto-optic modulators, nonlinear effects

Homework will be assigned throughout the semester and is due at the beginning of class on Tuesday of the following week.  Assignments will be graded and returned to account for 20% of the final course grade.

Two in class exams will be given during the semester.  Students will be allowed the use of a calculator during the exam.  All work will be performed independently.  Each exam will account for 20% of the student’s grade.  The final exam will be comprehensive covering major topics presented throughout the semester.

Proposed teams and topics due September 15th.
Papers and PowerPoint's due November 15th.  
Students will work in teams to asses a current topic in optoelectronics or photonics and complete a 10 page term paper due November 15th.  The term paper should be written in the format of a peer reviewed journal article summarizing the state of the art in that particular topic area.  Focus should not be placed primarily on products currently sold, but on research being performed for next generation devices.  A minimum of 20 properly references is required.  An example paper is provided to refer to for format and writing style.
Along with the written paper, each team is required to present a short summary of their topic in class.  A paper copy of the presentation is due in PowerPoint slide format with the paper on November 12th.  Eight minute in-class presentations will be given by each group between November 12 and 24th.
Papers are to be single spaced with 10-12 point font.  All written work is to be unique and written entirely by the group.  Paraphrasing is allowed, but copying of as much as a single sentence from any source must be quoted and referenced.

Final Grade:

Homework/ Quizzes




2 per Semester



Paper due November 12th



In class Presentation









Chapter 1 - Wave Nature of Light

Chapter 2 - Dielectric Waveguides for Optoelectronics

Chapter 3 - Semiconductor Science and LEDs

Chapter 4 - Semiconductor Lasers

Chapter 5 - Photodetectors

Chapter 6 - Photovoltaic Devices

Chapter 7 - Polarization and Modulation of Light