ELEC_ENG 385: Optoelectronics

Quarter Offered

Winter : MWF 1-1:50 ; Aydin


ELEC_ENG 381 or consent of instructor.


Introduction to solid-state optoelectronic devices; display devices, laser diodes, photodetectors, and light modulators; optical waveguides and fibers; system application of optoelectronic devices.

REQUIRED TEXTS: J. Singh, Optoelectronics: an Introduction to Materials and Dev ices , McGraw Hill 1996.


• C. R. Pollack, Fundamentals of Optoelectronics , Irwin 1995.

• M. Razeghi, Fundamentals of Solid State Engineering, 2nd ed., Springer, 2006.

• Emmanuel Rosencher & Borge Vinter, Optoelectronics, 1st ed., Cambridge University Press, 2002.


COURSE COORDINATOR: Prof. Manijeh Razeghi

COURSE GOALS: The course is an introduction to the fundamentals of optoelectronics and principles of the optoelectronic devices operation. This course provides the background in optoelectronics, help students meet the demand of growing semiconductor optoelectronic industry and prepares them to advanced study and research in the semiconductor optics and optoelectronics devices. Topics include basic concepts of electromagnetic theory, optical waveguides, and introduction to the light emitting devices, detectors, and modulators. Course also covers the basic optical and electro-optical properties of semiconductors and low-dimensional semiconductor structures.


  • WEEK 1: Maxwell equations. Wave equation. Transverse electromagnetic waves and Poynting vector.
  • WEEK 2: Phase velocity. Group velocity. Boundary conditions for dielectric interfaces. Refraction. Reflection. Total internal reflection.
  • WEEK 3: Waveguides. Planar slab waveguide. Eigenvalues for the slab waveguide. Optical mode confinement. Dispersion in waveguides.
  • WEEK 4: Coupling of modes between waveguides. Coupling between optical sources and waveguides. Grating couplers. The coupling coefficient.
  • WEEK 5: Propagation optical fibers. Dispersion. The solitons in nonlinear fibers.
  • WEEK 6: Optical nonlinearities in semiconductors. Electro-optic modulators.
  • WEEK 7: Optical detectors. Photoconductive detectors. The p-i-n diode. Spectral characteristics. Noise. Avalanche photodiodes.
  • WEEK 8: Optical sources. Radiation and amplification. Optical gain. Optical amplifiers. Semiconductor lasers. Transparency and threshold current. Materials for semiconductor lasers.
  • WEEK 9: Electro-optic and opto-electric transducers. Optical bistability.
  • WEEK 10: Optoelectronic integrated circuits. Optical fiber telecommunication. Optical signal processing and computing.




  • Homework - 25%
  • Projects - 25%
  • Exams - 50%

COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should be able to:

• Understand the basic optoelectronics including electromagnetism, light propagation in waveguides, light amplification and detection, lasers, modulators, and detectors.

• Be familiar with recent trends in optoelectronics.

ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 50% Science, 50% Engineering.