Fall and Spring
Technical Elective for ECE
Catalog Data: 

3 units.  Properties and applications of optoelectronic devices and systems. Topics include radiation sources, detectors and detector circuits, fiber optics, and electro-optical components.
May be Convened with ECE 556
Grading:  Regular grades are awarded for this course: A B C D E.

ECE 381A

A. Yariv, Optical Electronics in Modern Communications, 5th Ed., Oxford University Press, 1997, ISBN 0-19-510626-1.

Course Learning Outcomes: 
  1. Understand basic radiometric principles and terminology
  2. Analyze optical beam propagation in optical resonators
  3. Understand parameters required for stable and unstable resonators
  4. Understand the properties of atomic gain media required for lasers
  5. Understand the basic operating characteristics of gas and solid state laser systems
  6. Understand semiconductor device physics principles related to semiconductor laser diodes
  7. Understand the characteristics of different semiconductor laser resonators and structures
  8. Understand concepts of mode locking and Q-switching in laser cavities
  9. Understand the properties of electro optic modulators including different material used, geometries, and voltage requirements
  10. Understand the properties of acousto-optic modulators including materials, electrode structures, and modulation techniques
  11. Understand basic nonlinear optic phenomena including four wave mixing, phase conjugation, and parametric oscillators
  12. Understand the basic concepts of integrate optics including planar and channel waveguide performance, optical modulators, and source integration techniques
Course Topics: 
  • Radiometry. Radiation terms and quantities. Blackbody description and properties. (3 lectures)
  • Ray Propagation (6 lectures)
  • Optical Resonators (6 lectures)
  • Interaction of Radiation and Atomic Systems (6 lectures)
  • Laser Oscillation Phenomena in continuous and pulsed laser systems (6 lectures)
  • Systems (3 lectures)
  • Electro-Optic Modulation Techniques (3 lectures)
  • Acousto-Optic Modulation (3 lectures)
  • Nonlinear optics: Second Harmonic Generation, four wave mixing, phase conjugation, and Parametric Oscillation (3 lectures)
  • Planar waveguides and waveguide devices (2 lectures) 
Class/Laboratory Schedule: 

Three 50-minute lecture sessions per week.
Approximately eight homework problem sets during semester.
Two in-class examinations plus a final examination.
Laboratory demonstrations.

Relationship to Student Outcomes: 

(a)   an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering (HIGH),
(b)   an ability to design and conduct experiments, as well as to analyze and interpret data (MEDIUM)
(c)   an ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired needs (LOW),
(d)   an ability to function on multi-disciplinary teams (LOW)
(e)   an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems (MEDIUM),
(j)    a knowledge of contemporary issues (LOW)
(k)   an ability to use the techniques, skills, and modern engineering tools necessary for
        engineering practice (HIGH).

Prepared by: 
Dr. Kelly Potter
Prepared Date: 

University of Arizona College of Engineering