ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 5144 Introduction to Electro-Optics


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ECE 5144 Introduction to Electro-Optics (3C)

Physical optics, wave propagation in inhomogeneous media, acousto-optic and electro-optic effects and their applications in intensity modulation and phase modulation of laser beams, lasers, optical detection.

What is the reason for this course?

Electro-optics is a growing field. This activity reaches into most scientific and engineering disciplines. There is a definite need in academia as well as in industry for qualified individuals who are trained in the optical sciences. The emphasis will be on physical principles at the graduate level.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Electromagnetics.

Prerequisites: 3106 and 3614; graduate standing.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

Graduate standing is required and knowledge of electromagnetic field propagation, such as covered in 3106, is essential at the beginning of this course. The basics of Fourier transformation and modulation as they will be applied in the analysis of optical systems are also essential prerequisite background. Such material is covered in 3614.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
  • Identify basic acousto-optic and electro-optic interactions
  • Explain the background of these interactions, and
  • Analyze and design basic optical modulation in modern optical systems.

Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Linear wave propagation, polarization 5%
2. Fresnel and Fraunhofer diffraction 15%
3. Wave propagation in inhomogeneous media 20%
4. Acousto-optic effect and applications: %
a. The acousto-optic effect: General formalism 10%
b. Contemporary Approach 5%
c. Modern Applications 10%
5. Wave propagation in anisotropic media 10%
6. Birefringence and index ellipsoid 5%
7. Electro-optic effect and application 10%
8. Optical resonators 10%

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