ECE Course Syllabus
ECE6771 Course Syllabus
Optoelectronics: Materials, Processes, Devices (3-0-3)
- Technical Interest
- Nanotechnology,Optics and Photonics
- Catalog Description
- Optoelectronic materials, physical processes, and devices. Includes compound semiconductor materials, excitation, recombination, gain, and modulation processes and devices such as emitters, detectors, and modulators. Crosslisted with PHYS 6771.
- Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices (2nd edition), Prentice Hall, 1997. ISBN 9780134956565 (required)
SPIs are a subset of the abilities a student will be able to demonstrate upon successfully completing the course.
Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering): 1. Explain the fundamental physical concepts associated with the materials, devices and processes used to produce, detect, or control light. 2. Relate basic physical concepts to the principle of operation, performance, and future optimization of optoelectronic devices and systems. Outcome 2 (Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and formulate advanced problems and apply knowledge of mathematics and science to solve those problems): 1. Understand the linear optical properties of transparent dielectric materials and waveguides, the nonlinear optical properties of electro-optic materials, and apply that knowledge to design and test electro-optic light modulators. 2. Understand the principles of light emission in organic and inorganic semiconductors, determine the luminance, quantum efficiency, and luminous efficiency of light sources, and design displays and signage based on light-emitting diodes. Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield): 1. Design, fabricate, and test optoelectronics devices such as electro-optic devices, light-emitting diodes and lasers, photovoltaics devices and modules, photodetectors, and sensors.
- Topical Outline
Review of Bulk Semiconductor Electronic Properties Material Composition Crystal Growth and Device Processing Bandstructure, Statistics, Carrier Transport Bulk Semiconductor Optoelectronic Properties Generation-recombination mechanisms Impact ionization Optical absorption (including with electric fields) Spontaneous and stimulated emission, and gain Junction and Heterostructures Homojunctions Heterojunctions MS and MIS junction Quantum Confinement Quantum wells Superlattices and minibands Optical properties of quantum heterostructures Characterization of Optoelectronic Structures Characterization methods for macro-structures Characterization methods for quantum structures Photodetectors Basic photonic detection Photoconductors Junction photodiodes Advanced photodiodes Photodetector comparisons: responsivity, gain, bandwidth, noise Emitters Light emitting diodes Advanced spontaneous emitters Review of laser operation: gain + cavity resonance Homojunction and heterojunction lasers Quantum well and multiple quantum well lasers Advanced emitters Emitter comparisons: I-V, L-I, bandwidth, linewidth, linearity, temperature sensitivity Modulators Analog and digital modulation Electroabsorption and electrorefraction devices Acousto-optic and electro-optic devices Quantum confined Stark effect devices (including SEED) Liquid crystal modulators Modulator comparisons: operational bandwidth, speed, contrast ratio, switching energy, temperature sensitivity
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