Classes offered by the faculty of Nano-Optics and Optoelectronics Laboratory
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Classes Offered by the NOOR Faculty

This page contains the list of classes offered by faculty of the NOOR Lab with brief descriptions for each class and links to class webpages, if available.

Note that NOOR Lab students can take not just the classes listed below, but take any class from the cirriculum of the Microsystem Engineering Program or any other program at Masdar Institute.



  • FDN475 Introduction to Photonic Technologies
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    Instructors: Marcus Dahlem, Anatoly Khilo
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    Introduction to photonics and photonic technology for students in the Foundation program.



  • MIC501 Micro/Nano Processing Technology (core course)
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    Instructor: Dr. Clara Dimas
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    This course covers the theory of fabrication processing common to several types of semiconductor devices. In addition to also examining alternative and advanced processing methods, case studies of microelectronic, photonic and MEMS devices will be discussed in the context of processing advancements, challenges, and validation. The lab portion of the course involved three lab modules dedicated to fabrication and testing three distinct devices so students get hands-on experience on some of the processes covered in class.



  • MIC505 Electromagnetics and Applications (core course)
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    Instructor: Dr. Marcus Dahlem
    Next time offered:  Spring 2014

    Electromagnetics is essential for understanding key concepts in electronics, photonics and micro-electromechanical systems. This course explores electromagnetic phenomena in modern applications, including wireless and optical communications, circuits, computer interconnects and peripherals, microwave communications and radar, antennas, sensors, micro-electromechanical systems, and power generation and transmission. Fundamentals include quasistatic and dynamic solutions to Maxwell's equations; waves, radiation, and diffraction; coupling to media and structures; guided waves; resonance; acoustic analogs; and forces, power, and energy.



  • MIC630 Fundamentals of Photonics
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    Instructor: Dr. Marcus Dahlem
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    The field of Photonics describes the use of light to perform functions that were traditionally under the domain of Electronics, such as computing, data storage, information processing and telecommunications. In particular, silicon photonics allows the integration of optical and electronics devices on the same integrated microchip. This course covers the basic concepts needed for understanding, designing and simulating the basic passive building blocks for such photonic integrated circuits (PICs). A quick review of ray and wave optics is presented, along with electromagnetic wave propagation in isotropic media. Planar and two-dimensional dielectric waveguides are discussed, as well as an introduction to photonic crystals. The theory of ring resonators and optical add/drop multiplexers (OADM) is also presented, and some optical architectures for interconnects, routers and switches is explored. Numerical simulations on Matlab and MEEP (a finite difference time domain software) are also be covered. An invited speaker working in the silicon photonics industry will be giving a guest lecture.



  • MIC631 Computational Electrodynamics
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    Instructors: Dr. Jaime Viegas, Dr. Anatoly Khilo
    Next time offered:  n/a

    This course covers principles and applications in electromagnetic device and material modeling and simulation. The most commonly used numerical methods for optical/microwave devices modeling are approached: finite-element, beam-propagation, finite-differences, finite-difference time-domain and boundary element methods. Also, application of finite-element and boundary element methods to quantum mechanics problems of technical interest is addressed.



  • MIC632 Photonic Materials and Devices
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    Instructor: Dr. Jaime Viegas
    Next time offered:  Spring 2014

    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.



  • MIC633 Photonic Sensors for Chemical, Biomedical and Environmental Applications
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    Instructor: Dr. Clara Dimas
    Next time offered:  n/a

    The course is focused on the achievement of a clear and rigorous understanding of the fundamental properties, concepts and theories which are of importance in photonic sensors.

    Photonic sensor designs have been developed and demonstrated to have small footprint, light weight, high resolution, immunity to electromagnetic interference, harsh environment operational capability, "long-reach" access potential, multiplexing capability for certain sensor designs and low cost implementation attributes. Within this rapidly advancing field which includes light sources, fiber, optical signal modulation, and nano/micro scale structures, this course focuses on photonic components and system configurations needed for chemical, biological and environmental sensing applications.



  • MIC634 Propagation and Generation of Light
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    Instructor: Dr. Anatoly Khilo
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    The course discusses propagation of optical beams in free space, optical systems, and optical fibers, as well as generation of optical beams in lasers and optical resonators. The topics include: diffraction; Fourier optics; basic optical elements and systems (lenses, microscopes, diffraction gratings); Gaussian beams; Fabry-Perot interferometers; optical resonators; basics of light-matter interaction; principles of lasers; laser types; optical fibers; dispersion and nonlinearities in optical fibers; fiber amplifiers; fiber transmission systems.



  • MIC635 Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices
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    Instructor: Dr. Anatoly Khilo
    Next time offered:  Spring 2014

    Optical properties of semiconductors; physics of absorption, spontaneous and stimulated emission. Theory and design of semiconductor optoelectronic devices; applications and current state-of-the-art. Devices include photodetectors (p-i-n, avalanche, MSM), modulators (carrier injection, electroabsorption), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), semiconductor optical amplifiers and semiconductor lasers.



  • MIC636 Advanced Micro and Nanofabrication of Microsystems Devices
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    Instructor: Dr. Jaime Viegas
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    The state of the art in the microsystems device fabrication will be covered, from standard CMOS processes to niche advanced prototyping techniques of usage in new areas as photonics, MEMS, OMEMS, thin-film FETs and biosensors. Non-standard techniques such as pick-and-place, nanostructure self-assembly and holographic lithography will also be covered.



  • MIC637 Advanced Photonic Integrated Circuits Design
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    Instructor: Dr. Mahmoud Rasras
    Next time offered:  Fall 2013

    This course covers optical signal processing for photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and discusses state-of-the-art PIC components. The primary focus is being placed on multi-stage filter design and synthesis. Minimum, maximum, and linear-phase filters, optical lattice filters, Fourier filters, and generalized pole-zero architecture.Techniques such as least squares methods for IIR filter designs will be presented. State-of-the-art PIC examples including bandpass/ bandstop filters, optical gain equalizer, dispersion compensators, and arrayed waveguide grating (AWG) routers will be discussed in depth. Also included Bragg grating synthesis algorithm using coupled-mode approach. System-level application examples to microwave photonics, sensor networks, and coherent optical detection will be given. In addition to learning filter synthesis methods, students will gain a significant amount of experience in optimizing optical circuits at the subsystem level using Matlab and/or Labview. The above techniques will take into consideration process variations, wavelength, and polarization dependence.





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