The courses in this specialization can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5605-5607, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Enroll here.
This Active Optical Devices specialization is designed to help you gain complete understanding of active optical devices by clearly defining and interconnecting the fundamental physical mechanisms, device design principles, and device performance. You will study and gain active experience with light emitting semiconductor devices like light emitting diodes and lasers, nanophotonics, optical detectors, and displays.
Specialization Learning Outcomes:
*Analyze and design semiconductor light sources, and surrounding optical systems
*Analyze and design detection systems for LIDAR, microscopy and cameras
*Analyze and design systems for optical device systems that can adapt to the environment at hand.
*Use lasers and optical electronics in electronic systems through an understanding of the interaction of light and atoms, laser rate equations and noise in photo-detection.
Light Emitting Diodes and Semiconductor Lasers
This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5605, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. LEDs and Semiconductor Lasers Course Introduction You will learn about semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers, and the important rules for their analysis, planning, design, and implementation. You will also apply your knowledge through challenging homework problem sets to cement your understanding of the material and prepare you to apply in your career. Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course you will be able to… (1) Design a semiconductor light emitting diode and analyze efficiency (2) Design a semiconductor laser (3) Choose suitable semiconductor materials for light emitting devices
Nanophotonics and Detectors
This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5606, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Nanophotonics and Detectors Introduction This course dives into nanophotonic light emitting devices and optical detectors, including metal semiconductors, metal semiconductor insulators, and pn junctions. We will also cover photoconductors, avalanche photodiodes, and photomultiplier tubes. Weekly homework problem sets will challenge you to apply the principles of analysis and design we cover in preparation for real-world problems. Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course you will be able to… (1) Use nanophotonic effects (low dimensional structures) to engineer lasers (2) Apply low dimensional structures to photonic device design (3) Select and design optical detector for given system and application
This course can also be taken for academic credit as ECEA 5607, part of CU Boulder’s Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree. Displays Course Introduction The course will dive deep into electronic display devices, including liquid crystals, electroluminescent, plasma, organic light emitting diodes, and electrowetting based displays. You'll learn about various design principles, affordances and liabilities, and also a variety of applications in the real world of professional optics. Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course you will be able to… (1) Select a display technology for a given application (LIDAR, imaging, microscopy etc.) (2) Design a system around the limitations of a given display technology (ie. addressing) (3) Design a system that maximizes contract