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Introduction to active and passive photonic devices and applications: optical processes in semiconductor and dielectric materials including electrical junctions, light emission and absorption, and waveguide confinement; photonic components such as light emitting diodes, lasers, photodetectors, solar cells, liquid crystals, and optical fiber; optical information distribution networks and display applications. The cellular phone and its associated information distribution systems are used to introduce and motivate the study of photonic devices.
Selected homework problems require computer simulations
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This is an introductory course on active and passive photonic devices and applications. The cellular phone and its associated information distribution systems are used to introduce and motivate the study of photonic devices.
By the first exam the students should be able to do the following:
3. Provide examples of at least three UI faculty or alumni who have made significant contributions to photonics (4)
8. Calculate the angle of incidence and refraction from Snell's law and normal incidence reflection (1)
13. Derive the built-in potential and width of depletion region of p/n junction (1)
15. Define the terms: crystal lattice, dielectric material, refractive index, effective mass, density of states, Fermi distribution function, degenerate and nondegenerate semiconductor doping, drift and diffusion transport (1)
By the second exam the students should be able to do the following:
21. Derive photocurrent of p/n photodetector (1)
22. Describe photodetector modes of operation (1)
25. Derive solar cell photocurrent/voltage (1)
26. Define solar cell efficiency and optimization criteria (1)
30. Define the terms: diffusion length, direct bandgap semiconductor, detector responsivity, quantum efficiency of detector or light emitting diode (1)
By the third exam the students should be able to do the following:
37. Describe basics of operation of matrix addressing and individual addressing arrays (1)
38. Describe the operation of liquid crystal display (1)
40. Calculate the number of modes, size of fundamental modes, and effective index from normalized frequency (1)
43. Describe high speed digital modulation characterization (1)
45. Define the terms: luminous efficiency, optical modes, acceptance angle, normalized frequency, light attenuation, light dispersion, optical communication digital links, bit error rate, eye diagram (1)