ECE: Electrical & Computer Engineering

ECE 6214 Optoelectronic Devices

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ECE 6214 Optoelectronic Devices (3C)

principles of light generation and detection, operation, and design of state-of-the-art optoelectronic and photonic devices. Advanced treatment of the operating principles of semiconductor optoelectronic devices with direct comparison to experimental data reported in the literature.

What is the reason for this course?

Optoelectronic devices and optoelectronic integrated optics are becoming increasingly important electronic components with industrial, consumer, and defense applications in fields such as high speed communications, solid state lighting, optical imaging, and environmental and biomedical sensing. To design, characterize, and model these devices requires an in-depth knowledge of semiconductor device physics, gained in ECE 4214, and of material properties and carrier dynamics, gained in ECE 5200.

Typically offered: Fall. Program Area: Electronics.

Prerequisites: Prerequisites: ECE 5200.

Why are these prerequisites or corequisites required?

To design, characterize, and model optoelectronic devices requires an in-depth knowledge of semiconductor device physics and of material properties and carrier dynamics, which is gained in ECE 5200. The introduction to quantum mechanics that is also covered in ECE 5200 will be extended to develop the theory required to explain the influence that nanoscale dimensions has on the materials properties and the perturbations that quantum mechanics has on the properties of optoelectronic devices.

Department Syllabus Information:

Major Measurable Learning Objectives:
Course Topics
Topic Percentage
1. Electronic structure of semiconductors 10%
2. Heterostructures and the effects of heavy doping 5%
3. Optical processes in semiconductors 15%
4. Heterojunction band alignment and quantum wells 10%
5. Propagation of light 15%
6. Semiconductor lasers 15%
7. Photodetectors and integrated photonics 15%
8. Solar cells 15%

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