Fall 2016 textbook list
The Fall 2016 ECE textbook list is available online for students.
Current Prerequisites & Course Offering
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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.
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.
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.
|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%|