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

MIC635 Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices

Instructor: Dr. Anatoly Khilo
Next time offered:  Spring 2014

Brief description:

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.

Lecture schedule, by week:

Week 1: Semiconductor overview: band structure, electron statistics.
Week 2: Semiconductor overview: drift, diffusion, recombination; pn junction.
Week 3: Heterojunction diodes.
Week 4: Optical absorption in semiconductors.
Week 5: Introduction to optical waveguides. Photodetectors (p-i-n, avalanche, metal-semiconductor-metal); photodetector noise.
Week 6: Photovoltaics.
Week 7: Modulators; carrier injection modulators.
Week 8: Quantum confined Stark effect; electro-absorption modulators.
Week 9: Midterm Exam.
Week 10: Carrier rate equations.
Week 11: Recombination on semiconductors. Light emitting diodes (LEDs).
Week 12: Semiconductor optical amplifiers; amplifier noise.
Week 13: Semiconductor lasers.
Week 14: Semiconductor lasers (continued).
Week 15: Semiconductor materials; heterojunctions.
Week 16: Final Exam


  • 40% Homework
  • 20% Midterm exam
  • 40% Final exam