ECE 536
Integrated Optics and Optoelectronics

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Section Type Times Days Location Instructor
N DIS 0930 - 1050 T R   260 Everitt Lab  Lynford Goddard
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Official Description Integrated optical and optoelectronic devices; theory of optical devices including laser sources, waveguides, photodetectors, and modulations of these devices. Course Information: Prerequisite: One of ECE 455, ECE 487, PHYS 486. Recommended: ECE 488.
Subject Area Microelectronics and Photonics
Course Prerequisites Credit in ECE 455 or ECE 487 or PHYS 486
Course Directors Shun Lien Chuang
Detailed Description and Outline


  • Introduction and review: Maxwell equations and boundary conditions; elementary semiconductor electronics
  • Dielectric optical waveguides; the effective index method, gains guidance and index guidance in semiconductor laser; losses and gains in waveguide
  • Coupled mode theory; directional couples; distributed-feedback structures; and coupled laser arrays
  • Quantum theory of absorption and gain spectrum; electron-photon interaction; interband and intersubband transitions; optical matrix selection rules
  • Semiconductor interband and intersubband quantum-well lasers; quantum-dot lasers; Fabry-Perot and distributed-feedback lasers; vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers
  • Electro-optical phase and amplitude modulators using bulk and quantum-well structures; electroabsorption modulators using quantum-confined Stark effects and Franz-Keldysh effects
  • Types of photodetectors; quantum efficiency; gain and bandwidth
  • Photonic integrated circuits; integrated laser-modulator; multi-section phase; gain; and distributed Bragg reflector devices
S. L. Chuang, Physics of Photonic Devices, 2nd ed., New York: Wiley, 2009.
Recommended: L. A. Coldren and S. W. Corzine, Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits, New York: Wiley, 1995.
Last updated: 2/13/2013