Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Theory and Design

Schematic and scanning electron micrograph of a single frequency semiconductor fabricated at MIT.

Schematic and scanning electron micrograph of a single frequency semiconductor fabricated at MIT. Such distributed feedback lasers are the backbone of today's fiber optic network. (Image courtesy of Rajeev Ram.)

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MIT Course Number

6.977

As Taught In

Fall 2002

Level

Graduate

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6.977 focuses on the physics of the interaction of photons with semiconductor materials. The band theory of solids is used to calculate the absorption and gain of semiconductor media. The rate equation formalism is used to develop the concepts of laser threshold, population inversion and modulation response. Matrix methods and coupled mode theory are applied to resonator structures such as distributed feedback lasers, tunable lasers and microring devices. The course is also intended to introduce students to noise models for semiconductor devices and to applications of optoelectronic devices to fiber optic communications. This course is worth 12 Engineering Design points.

Ram, Rajeev. 6.977 Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Theory and Design, Fall 2002. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/electrical-engineering-and-computer-science/6-977-semiconductor-optoelectronics-theory-and-design-fall-2002 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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