2019 Photonic Devices

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Undergraduate major in Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Koyama Fumio 
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Course description and aims

The course provides a complete overview of photonic devices employed in lightwave systems, networks, optical data storages and solid state lghting. Topics include a variety of different subjects including a detailed discussion of the design and operation of light emitting diodes, the basic physics and operation of lasers and photodetectors, and the design and operation of optoelectronic integrated circuits.
The course aims at developing deep insight and knowledges into photonic devices through a thorough understanding of the underlying physics.

Student learning outcomes

Students can acquire the fundamental skills of wide range of photonic devices, including
1. to acquire fundamental understanding of the basic physics behind photonic devices.
2. to develop basic understanding of light emitting diodes.
3. to develop detailed knowledge of laser operating principles and structures.
4. to acquire in depth understanding of photodetectors.

Corresponding educational goals are:
(1) Specialist skills Fundamental specialist skills
(4) Applied skills (inquisitive thinking and/or problem-finding skills) Organization and analysis
(7) Skills acquiring a wide range of expertise, and expanding it into more advanced and other specialized areas


light emitting diodes, semiconductor lasers, photodetectors, optical communication systems, soid state lighting, optical storages, optical interconnections, laser displays

Competencies that will be developed

Intercultural skills Communication skills Specialist skills Critical thinking skills Practical and/or problem-solving skills
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Class flow

At the beginning of each class, answers of the practice in the latest class are explained. Next, contents of the class are lectured. Toward the end of the class, the time for the practice is given to students.
Before classes, the texts are uploaded on OCW-i web site. Students should download them, and read them. After classes, they are requested to read the texts for understanding the contennts of the classes.

Course schedule/Required learning

  Course schedule Required learning
Class 1 Fundamentals of Lightwaves Read Chapter 5 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 1) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 2 Optical Semiconductor Materials Read Chapter 3.5-3.6 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 2) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 3 Structures and Lasing Conditions of Semiconductor Lasers Read Chapter 6.3-6.4 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 3) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 4 Mode Control of Laser Resonators Read Chapter 6.6-6.8 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 4) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 5 Lasing Characteristics of Semiconductor Lasers Read through Text (Class 5) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 6 Modulation and Noise of Semiconductor Lasers Read Section 10.7 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 6) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 7 Light Emitting Diodes Read Chapter 6.2 and 6.11 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 7) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.
Class 8 Fundamentals of Photo-detectors Read Chapter 8.1-8.6 of the textbook. Read through Text (Class 8) on OCW-i before lecture, and review after it.


Yasuhar Suematsu, "Photonic Devices", Corona-sha

Reference books, course materials, etc.

Distribute texts on OCW-i

Assessment criteria and methods

Evaluate the level about how students understand the fundamentals of photonic devices.
80% for final examinations, 20% for practices.

Related courses

  • EEE.E211 : Electromagnetic Fields and Waves
  • EEE.S301 : Waveguide Engineering and the Radio Law
  • EEE.S361 : Opto-electronics Opto-electronics
  • EEE.D331 : Optical and Electromagnetic Property in Semiconductors

Prerequisites (i.e., required knowledge, skills, courses, etc.)

Students are requested to complete, Electromagnetic Wave Theory I (EEE.E201). Or they should have the comparative knowledge level about those theories.

Contact information (e-mail and phone)    Notice : Please replace from "[at]" to "@"(half-width character).

Fumio Koyama, koyama.f.aa[at]m.titech.ac.jp

Office hours

(Koyama) Please make reservation for interview via email.

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