3.46 Photonic Materials and Devices, Spring 2004
Author(s)Kimerling, Lionel C.
Photonic Materials and Devices
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Optical and optoelectronic properties of semiconductors, ceramics, and polymers. Electronic structure, refractive index, electroluminescence, electro-optic and magneto-optic effects, and laser phenomena. Microphotonic materials and structures; photonic band gap materials. Materials design and processing for lasers, waveguides, modulators, switches, displays and optoelectronic integrated circuits. Alternate years. Description from course home page: This course covers the theory, design, fabrication and applications of photonic materials and devices. After a survey of optical materials design for semiconductors, dielectrics and polymers, the course examines ray optics, electromagnetic optics and guided wave optics; physics of light-matter interactions; and device design principles of LEDs, lasers, photodetectors, modulators, fiber and waveguide interconnects, optical filters, and photonic crystals. Device processing topics include crystal growth, substrate engineering, thin film deposition, etching and process integration for dielectric, silicon and compound semiconductor materials. The course also covers microphotonic integrated circuits and applications in telecom/datacom systems. Course assignments include three design projects that emphasize materials, devices and systems applications.
Optical materials design, Ray optics, electromagnetic optics, guided wave optics, light-matter interactions, LED, laser, photodetector, modulator, interconnect, optical filter, photonic crystals, crystal growth, substrate engineering, thin film deposition, microphotonic integrated circuits, telecom and datacom systems