MICRO-516 / 3 credits

Teacher: Moselund Kirsten Emilie

Language: English


Summary

Students understand and apply the physics of the interaction of light with semiconductors. They understand the operating mechanism of scaled photonic devices such as photodetectors, LEDs and lasers, as well as challenges and opportunities relating to their integration and dimensional scaling.

Content

Learning Prerequisites

Important concepts to start the course

The students must be familiar with basic solid-state physics, semiconductors and band diagrams.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

  • Describe the physical mechanisms behind the interaction of light with semiconductors and other materials, such as absorption and emission of light as well as electro-optic modulation and how it is pendent on the material properties.
  • Identify which material properties are appropriate to achieve different optical functions in a given wavelength regime.
  • Assess / Evaluate different mechanisms for light detection in solid-state devices, such as pin and avalanche photodiodes or super-conducting nanowire single photon detectors.
  • Explain the basics of light emission in semiconductors for LEDs and Lasers, and evaluate the trade-offs between different cavity designs such as whispering gallery, Fabry-perot or photonic crystal structures.
  • Assess / Evaluate how dimensionality and scaling affects photonic devices. Be able to describe the effect of quantum wells, quantum dots and low dimensional materials in photonic applications

Teaching methods

Classroom teaching and exercises

Expected student activities

Active praticipation in class in terms of polls and questions

Assessment methods

Oral exam accounts for 100% of grade. If the number of students is too large to accommodate an oral examination, we will revert to a written form of examination.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes

Resources

Bibliography

In this course we will use the book: "Fundamentals of Photonics", by B.E.A Saleh and M.C. Teich, 3rd edition (different from 1st and 2nd edition). We will principally use volume 2: Photonics.

Additionally select other material will be used to complement the individual topics.

Ressources en bibliothèque

In the programs

  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Nanophotonics
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Nanophotonics
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Semester: Spring
  • Exam form: Oral (summer session)
  • Subject examined: Nanophotonics
  • Lecture: 2 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks
  • Exercises: 1 Hour(s) per week x 14 weeks

Reference week

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