Optoelectronic Device Group

Optical Communication Devices ECE 4501/6501 
The course covers photonic devices used in today’s fiber optic communication systems from a practical point of view. Its goal is to help students understand both, principles and advanced designs, such that device operation and performance can be understood and analyzed in the context of modern communication systems. The course briefly revisits fundamentals including photon interactions with matter and semiconductor junction devices. 
Topics include:
Lasers and modulation, electro-absorption modulator, Mach-Zehnder modulator, optical amplifiers, devices for filtering and switching, optical receivers for direct and coherent detection, photonic integrated circuits, component packaging, devices for 100G long-haul and Terabit-system. 
open to senior undergraduate or graduate students, courses on device physics and signals & systems (ECE 3103 and ECE 3750) recommended.  
G. Agrawal, Fiber-Optic Communication Systems, Wiley-Interscience 
B. Saleh & M. Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics, John Wiley and Sons 

Solid State Devices ECE 3103 
This course enables students to understand what transistors are and how they work along with other related semiconductor devices. The course starts by introducing semiconductor materials and describe how they can be used to make useful electronic devices. Some basic concepts in Quantum Mechanics will be introduced to explain the operation of semiconductors (although no prior knowledge of QM is assumed). Once semiconductor materials are understood, the operation of the basic semiconductor building blocks and devices including diodes and transistors are explained. This course is intended for undergraduate students who have an interest in microelectronics. It is expected that students who successfully complete the course will have an understanding of basic semiconductor devices sufficient to design transistors and diodes to particular specifications.  
College level calculus including ordinary differential equations is required. A basic course in circuits is helpful but not required. 
Semiconductor Physics and Devices (4th edition), Donald A. Neamen (ISBN 0-07-352958-5)

Applied Research and Design Lab ECE 4550 
Optoelectronic Device Fabrication and Measurement  
Course Meetings:  
weekly, UVa Microfabrication Laboratory, Time: tba.
A lab-based course that provides a hands-on way to learn about new developments in electrical and computer engineering fields. Topics include technologies or application areas that relate to ongoing design and research activities of faculty and students. 
Lab Objectives: 
This course will enable you to … 
• Understand basic process technologies for optoelectronic devices. 
• Learn how to use a wide range of state-of-the art micro-fabrication tools. 
• Fabricate and characterize your own photodiode.   
This lab is intended for undergraduate students who have an interest in optoelectronic device fabrication and measurement. ECE3103 Solid State Devices is required.
“Fabrication Engineering at the Micro- and Nanoscale,” S.A. Campbell, Fourth Edition, Oxford University Press, Fourth Edition.

             Members of the lab class in spring 2016.                                  Lab class in 2017.