CMPE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the CMPE degree.

EE Degree: This course is Not Applicable for the EE degree.

Lab Hours: 0 supervised lab hours and 0 unsupervised lab hours.

Technical Interest Group(s) / Course Type(s): Optics and Photonics

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Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Catalog Description

Provides a comprehensive overview of the fundamental principles and primary applications of nanophotonics, which describes the behavior of light and its interactions with matter on the micro- and nano-scale.


Course Outcomes

Not Applicable

Student Outcomes

In the parentheses for each Student Outcome:
"P" for primary indicates the outcome is a major focus of the entire course.
“M” for moderate indicates the outcome is the focus of at least one component of the course, but not majority of course material.
“LN” for “little to none” indicates that the course does not contribute significantly to this outcome.

1. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to identify, formulate, and solve complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics

2. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors

3. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences

4. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts

5. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives

6. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions

7. ( Not Applicable ) An ability to acquire and apply new knowledge as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.

Strategic Performance Indicators (SPIs)

Outcome 1 (Students will demonstrate expertise in a subfield of study chosen from the fields of electrical engineering or computer engineering):
1. Analyze the behavior of light and its interactions with matter on the micro- and nano-scale
2. Demonstrate working knowledge of the fundamental principles, fabrication methods, characterization techniques, and primary applications of nanophotonic materials, 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. Quantitatively analyze and model electron states in quantum confined structures and solid materials
2. Quantitatively analyze and model various photonic structures, such as bulk materials, photonic crystals, metamaterials, and plasmonic devices

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1. Understand and communicate results from nanophotonics publications from archival research journals and conference proceedings

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Introduction to nanophotonics
What is nanotechnology?
Photonics at reduced dimensions
Review of electromagnetics
Maxwell equations
Wave optics
Electromagnetic radiations and evanescent waves
Quantum mechanics and band theory of solids
Particle wave duality
Schrodinger equation and electron states
Energy bands in solids
Optical properties of bulk materials
Linear optical properties
Nonlinear optical effects
Microscopy and manipulation tools
Optical and electron microscopy
Scanning probe microscopes
Top down nanofabrication
Bottom up nanofabrication
Silicon photonics
Optical properties of silicon
Silicon-based photonic components and devices
Photonic crystals
1D, 2D, and 3D photonic crystals
Photonic crystal fibers
Photonic metamaterials
Electric, magnetic, negative-index, and chiral metamaterials
Applications of optical metamaterials
Review: optical properties of metals
Propagating and localized surface plasmons
Plasmonic components and devices
Other emerging topics in nanophotonics