Course Meeting Times

Lectures: 3 sessions / week, 1 hour / session


Quantum Mechanics, Solid-state Devices, Electromagnetic Waves

Course Objective

This class 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 mirroring 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. Homework problems will be drawn from the current research literature.


Activities Percentages
8 problem sets 60%
1 midterm quiz 20%
1 term project 20%


Coldren, and Corzine. Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits. 1st ed. New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, October 16, 1995. ISBN: 0471118753.

Chuang, S. L. Physics of Optoelectronic Devices. New York, NY: Wiley-Interscience, September 8, 1995. ISBN: 0471109398.