Classes offered by faculty of Nano-Optics and Optoelectronics Research Laboratory

MIC632 Photonic Materials and Devices

Instructor: Dr. Jaime Viegas
Pre-requisites: MIC503
Next time offered:  Spring 2014

Brief Description:

The field of Photonics describes the generation, processing and detection of light. It encompasses applications in power generation and transmission, telecommunications, sensing, signal processing and data storage. This course covers the principles of photonic materials and devices, starting from a basic understanding of the effect of material properties on the electromagnetic radiation. Non-linear phenomena and their technological applications are presented. The optics of beams and guided waves are studied in various configurations. Optoelectronic interaction and its importance to source and detector design are also presented. Finally, some applications of photonics materials and devices in signal processing, modulation and sensing are shown.

Lecture schedule, by week:

Week 1: Introduction and overview; course description and structure. Material effects; the origin of the dielectric constant; material dispersion; electrical conductivity; Anisotropic media.
Week 2: Non-linear optical effects; the electro-optic effect and its application to phase modulators. The magneto-optic effect.
Week 3: Stress related effects: acousto-optic and piezoelectric effects.
Week 4: The optics of beams; lenses; diffraction; mirrors and resonators.
Week 5: Reflection and refraction at a single interface; surface plasma waves.
Week 6: The slab waveguide; guided waves in metal and slab dielectric waveguides.
Week 7: Planar waveguide integrated optics; phase matching at an interface; phase matching for guided modes; refractive optical components; gratings.
Week 8: Midterm break.
Week 9: Optical fibers and fiber devices; mechanisms of signal degradation; coupling to fibers.
Week 10: Channel waveguide integrated optics; coupling; sources of propagation loss; example devices.
Week 11: Couple mode devices: the directional coupler; gratings.
Week 12: Optoelectronic devices: the p-n junction diode; electro-optic semiconductor devices; photodiodes; the light-emitting diode; the semiconductor laser; DBR and DFB lasers.
Week 13: Organic photonics.
Week 14: Systems and applications of photonics: sensors.
Week 15: Systems and applications of photonics: modulators.
Week 16: Final Exam

Course Grading:
  • 30% Homework
  • 20% Mid-term Exams
  • 20% Computer Projects
  • 30% Final Exam

Out-of class assignments
  • Ten homework assignments, each due one week after its assignment date
  • Two simple numerical simulation projects assigned in weeks 3 and 12, due two weeks after assigned.

Course Materials
  • R. Syms and J. Cozens, Optical Guided Waves and Devices, McGraw-Hill, 1993. ISBN: 0-07-707425-4
Recommended Readings
  • E. Hecht, Optics, 4th Edition, Addison Wesley, 2001. ISBN: 978 0 805 38566-3
  • A. Yariv and Pochi Yeh, Photonics: Optical Electronics in Modern Communications, 6th Edition, Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN: 978-0-195-17946-0