University of California at Santa Cruz

Baskin School of Engineering

Electrical Engineering Department

EE 231: Optical Electronics



NEWS: 11/26/02

Description
Introduction to phenomena, devices, and applications of optoelectronics. Photonic waveguides, gaussian beam propagation. Interaction of light and matter, spontaneous and stimulated emission, laser rate equations, semiconductor lasers. Optical detectors, amplifiers, modulators and switches. (5 credits)

Intended audience: Graduate or advanced undergraduate students.
Prerequisite: EE145/L or instructor permission
Textbook: Optical Electronics in Modern Communications (5th edition 1996, A. Yariv)
Recommended: B. Saleh and M. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, John Wiley & Sons, 1991.

Time: Tuesday/Thursday 4-5:45pm
Location: Stevenson 221

Course Instructor

Holger Schmidt

157B Baskin Engineering Building

Phone: (831) 459-1482

E-mail: hschmidt@soe.ucsc.edu

Office hours: W 4-6 pm
 

Course Expectations

Learning occurs by the active involvement of the student. The student is expected to come to class prepared to think and learn. The lecture period will be used to establish fundamental concepts. During lecture time, you will be asked to participate in solving problems. Always bring your calculator. It also is helpful to bring your textbook along.

To get the most out of this class, you need to read the assigned sections in the textbook before coming to class.
 

Working Together

You are encouraged to work in groups and discuss about the homework assignments. However, each has to write his/her own solution and fully understand them.
 

Academic Dishonesty
Any confirmed academic dishonesty including but not limited to copying homeworks or cheating on exams, will result in a no-pass or failing grade. You are encouraged to read the campus policies regarding academic integrity. Examples of cheating include (but are not limited to):

Sharing results or other information during an examination.
Working on an exam before or after the official time allowed.
Submitting homework that is not your own work.
Reading another student's homework solution before it is due.
Allowing someone else to read your homework solution before the assignment is due.

If there is any question as to whether a given action might be construed as cheating, see me before you engage in any such action.
 

Homework Assignments

Homeworks will be assigned every other week and collected during class sessions. Late homework will not be accepted or graded. Homework is graded in terms of it being complete, well organized, readable and showing evidence of thoughtful attention to the problem itself. Sloppy submissions will not be considered for grading.

Homework 1

Solutions Homework 1

Homework 2

Solutions Homework 2

Homework 3

Solutions Homework 3

Homework 4

Solutions Homework 4

 

Grading Method

The course will not be graded on a curve. It is possible for everyone to earn an "A" or for everyone to earn an "F". Getting 50% in the final is mandatory in order to pass the class.
 

Tentative Grading

Course Element:

Percentage of Course Grade:

Homework

20%

Midterm

20%

Final Exam

30%

Project

30%

Total

100


Semiconductor Materials and Devices - some neat animated stuff!

http://jas.eng.buffalo.edu/applets/education/index2.html
 
 


Books on optical electronics, semiconductors and lasers:

R. Pierret, Semiconductor Device Fundamentals, Addison-Wesley, 1996.
C. Kittel, Introduction to Solid State Physics, 7th ed., John Wiley and Sons, NY, 1995.
N. W. Ashcroft, N. D. Mermin, Solid State Physics, Saunders College, 1976.
P. Yu, M. Cardona, Fundamentals of Semiconductors, Springer, 2nd Ed., 1999.
P. Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices (2nd edition 1998)
E. Rosencher, B. Vinter, Optoelectronics, Cambridge, 1st ed., 2002
L. Coldren, S. Corzine, Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits, Wiley, 1995.
J. Singh, Optoelectronics, An Introduction to Materials and Devices, 1996.
A. Siegman, Lasers, 1986.
 


Tentative Schedule

Lect.

Date

Topic

Reading Assignment

Homework due

1

9/19

Introduction/ Overview

ch. 1, presentation

2

9/24

Propagation of Rays and Beams

2.0-2.4

3

9/26

Gaussian Beams

2.5-2.7

4

10/1

Optical Resonators

4.0-4.2 (4.3-4.4)

HW #1

5

10/3

Spontaneous and Stimulated Emission

5.0-5.2

6

10/8

Absorption, Amplification and Susceptibility

5.3, 5.5

7

10/10

Laser Oscillation

6.0-6.3

8

10/15

Laser Oscillation (cont.)

6.4-6.5 (6.6)

HW #2

9

10/17

Some Specific Laser Systems, Project Definition

7.0-7.5

10

10/22

Semiconductor Physics

15.0-15.1

11

10/24

Midterm

12

10/29

pn Junction, Semiconductor Physics, semic. lasers

(11.6) 15.1, 15.2

HW #3

13

10/31

Semiconductor Lasers

15.2-15.3 (15.4)

14

11/5

Laser Modulation, Integrated Optoelectronics

15.5, 15.7

15

11/7

Quantum Mechanics, Quantum Well Laser

16.0-16.1 (16.2)

16

11/12

Distributed Feedback, DFB laser

13.3.-13.5,16.3

17

11/14

Vertical cavity lasers, Photodetectors

16.4,11.7-11.8, 11.5

18

11/19

Detectors, Electrooptic Effect, and Modulation

9.0-9.3

19

11/21

no class

20

11/26

Project Presentations, 2:30 - 6 pm

reports due 12/03 6 pm

HW#4

12/04

Final 12-3 pm

Holger Schmidt

Last updated: 9/19/2002