ECE 4520 (5520) - OPTOELECTRONIC ENGINEERING
Designation: Elective for BSEE and for BSCmpE.

Catalog Description:
  Lec.3, Credit 3
  Prerequisite: ECE 3540
  Device theory for optical communication and instrumentation systems.

Prerequisites by topic:
    1. EM reflection and Refraction
    2. Waveguide Theory
    3. Semiconductor Junction and Device Theory.

Textbook(s) and/or Other Required Material(s):

Reference Material(s):
    1. Fundamentals of optoelectronics, Pollock.
    2. Introduction to Semiconductor Materials, Tyagi
    3. .Electro-Optical Devices and Systems, M.A. Karim

Topics Covered:
   1. Review of Electromagnetic and Quantum Principles (2 hours)
   2. Abrupt and Linearly Graded Junctions (3 hours)
   3. Optical Sources (5 hours)
   4. Optical Detectors (14 hours)
   5. Planar Dielectric Waveguide (3 hours)
   6. Cylindrical Dielectric Waveguide (2 hours)
   7. Dispersion in a Waveguide (5 hours)
   8. Coupling and other Losses in a Waveguide (3 hours)
   9. Tests and Lab Demonstrations (5 hours)

Class/ Laboratory Schedule:
    Lecture: 3 hrs/week
    Laboratory: 2hrs./semester
    Recitation: 0 hrs/week
    Other: 0 hrs/week

Course Objectives and Relationship to Program Objectives:
   1. To teach the students the difference between ideal (abrupt) and practical (graded) semiconductor
       junctions commonly used in optoelectronic devices. (EE A; CmpE: A)
   2. To teach basic theory of operation of major optical sources such as light emitting diode (LED),
       gaseous/semiconductor lasers, and laser diodes (LD). To highlight design criteria and operational
       considerations of these sources. . (EE A; CmpE: A)
   3. To introduce photoemissive, photoconducting, and photovoltaic detectors such as PMT,
       photodiode (Vacuum, and solid state), CCD, solar cells, etc. . (EE A; CmpE: A)
   4. To teach fundamentals of light propogation in an optical fiber from ‘ray optics’ and ‘waveguide’
       point of view. . (EE A; CmpE: A)
   5. To introduce theory and parameters associated with step index and graded index type of optical
       fibers. . (EE A; CmpE: A)
   6. To teach basic mechanisms associated with losses and dispersion of signal in an optical fiber and
       also to introduce criteria for estimation of losses and dispersion. . (EE A; CmpE: A)

Course Outcomes and Relationship to Program Outcomes:
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    A student completing this course should, at a minimum, be able to:
    1. Find diffusion profile inside a junction by testing it from outside. (EE 1;CmpE 1)
    2. Compare different optical sources and understand limitations from the point of view of frequency
        response and spectral width. (EE 1;CmpE 1)
    3. Convert an optical flux of any wavelength into an electrical signal that can be fed to an electronic
        amplifier (EE 1,8, CmpE 1,8)
    4. Select an optical detector suitable for a given application (EE 1;CmpE 1).
    5. Realize self-limiting behavior of solar cells and appreciate potential for future research (EE 1,10,
        CmpE 1,10).
    6. Understand how geometry and type of an optical fiber along with wavelength of light affects the
        number of modes (channels) which can be transmitted through an optical fiber. (EE 1;CmpE 1)
    7. Know the causes and extent of losses and dispersion in an optical fiber. (EE 1;CmpE 1)

Outcomes assessment Tools:
   Outcome No. 1 through 7: In-Class exams
   Outcome No. 2, 4, 7: One hands on project involving design and presentation (team of 2)
   Outcome No.1 through 7: Homework assignments

Contribution of Course to Meeting the Professional Component:
   Math and Basic Science: 0 hrs.
   General Education: 0 hrs.
   Engineering: 3 hrs. (Design 0.75 hrs)
   Other: 0 hrs.

Graduate Credit:
   To receive ECE 5520 graduate credit, some additional academic work such as a project, paper,
   presentation, etc. will be required. At the beginning of the semester the instructor for the course will
   specify this additional requirement for graduate credit.

Prepared by:      Dr. Satish Mahajan, November 19, 2004.
Revised:          December 3, 2007

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