Modulation, Diffractive and Crystal Optics


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 working knowledge of temporal and spatial optical modulation,
diffractive optical devices and crystal optics.


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. Explain optical propagation in uniaxial and biaxial media in terms of the allowed wavevector surface and the index ellipsoid.
2. Explain the operation and accuracy of birefringent devices such as beamsplitters and polarizers.

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. Analyze the operation of linear and quadratic n electro-optic modulators based on the electro-optic tensor.
2. Analyze diffraction from a one-dimensional grating based on the Floquet condition and phase matching.

Outcome 3 (Students will demonstrate the ability to utilize current knowledge, technology, or techniques within their chosen subfield):
1. Design photonic crystal devices based on their band representation and the Bragg condition.
2. Design negative permittivity metamaterial devices based on their plasma resonances.

Course Objectives

Topical Outline

Optical Propagation in Birefringent Crystals
Birefringence and index ellipsoid
Uniaxial and biaxial crystals

Linear Birefringent Devices
Polarizers and retardation plates

Circular Birefringent Devices
Optical activity devices
Magneto-optic devices

Wave Interference
Interference fringes
Period and slant angle
Holographic recording

Electro-Optic Modulation
Electro-optic tensor
Induced birefringence
Electro-optic amplitude modulator
Electro-optic phase modulator

Diffractive Optics
Floquet condition
Grating equation
Bragg condition
Grating diffraction analysis
Rigorous coupled-wave analysis
Diffraction regimes
Thick and thin gratings
Angular and wavelength selectivity

Photorefractive Devices
Bulk photovoltaic effect
Holographic storage
Photorefractive/electro-optic modulators

Acousto-Optic Modulation
Shear and compressional waves
Photoelastic effect
Acousto-optic modulators
Acousto-optic deflectors