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Unit information: Advanced Optoelectronic Devices in 2015/16

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Unit name Advanced Optoelectronic Devices
Unit code EENGM6000
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. John Rarity
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


Passive Components

This part of the unit describes in detail the key passive components in modern optical communication systems. It covers both fibre-based and photonic integrated circuit components. Electromagnetic analysis is used to gain an understanding of component operation

Optoelectronics and non-linear optics

This part of the module introduces the main techniques applicable to optoelectronic systems for the generation, detection, amplification and modulation of optical signals.


Passive Components Dr M. J. Cryan

  • Electromagnetic analysis of optical fibres, slab, ridge, deep-etched waveguides, co- and contra-directional couplers
  • Filters, thin film devices, Fibre Bragg Gratings, planar waveguide devices
  • More complex components which are used in Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) systems, such as AWGs and Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers
  • Future developments in these technologies will be reviewed and concepts such as Photonic Crystal-based devices will be introduced.

Active (optoelectronic) components Prof J.G. Rarity

  • The basic SNR properties of linear avalanche diodes and noise equivalent power
  • Extension of avalanche diodes to Geiger mode photon counting
  • Applications of photon counting detectors (lifetime measurement, quantum cryptography)
  • CCD camera operation and performance
  • CMOS camera operation and performance
  • Free space optical communication systems
  • Non-linear optics
  • Three wave interactions, phase matching frequency doubling
  • Four wave mixing, intensity dependent refractive index and the all optical switch, solitons self focussing
  • Vertical cavity semiconductor lasers; principles of operation, advantages

Intended learning outcomes

  1. Describe the key passive building blocks in modern optical communications systems
  2. Describe the electromagnetic analysis of components such as optical fibres, planar waveguides and couplers
  3. Describe more complex components which are used in Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) systems, such as Optical Add-Drop Multiplexers
  4. Explain how Photonic Crystal and plasmonic based devices can be used within modern communications systems
  5. Explain the operation of avalanche detectors, photon counting detectors, modern camera systems
  6. Describe three wave and four wave non-linear optics, free space optical communications and vertical cavity laser systems

Teaching details


Assessment Details

Exam, 2 hours (100%) (All ILOs)

Reading and References

  • Coldren, L. and S. Corzine, Diode Lasers and Photonic Integrated Circuits, J. Wiley, 1995, ISBN:0-471-11875-3
  • Dutta, A.K., N.K. Dutta and M. Fujiwara (editors), WDM Technologies, Academic Press, 2002
  • Lee, D.L., Electromagnetic Principles of Integrated Optics, J. Wiley, 1986 (in 2003 is out of print, but a copy is in the library)
  • Okamoto, K., Fundamentals of Optical Waveguides, Academic Press, 2000
  • Snyder, A.W. and J.D. Love, Optical Waveguide Theory, London: Chapman and Hall, 1983
  • Yariv, A., Quantum Electronics, J. Wiley, 1988, ISBN:0471609978