University of Wisconsin Madison
Photonics (E C E 434) Syllabus
Course Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcome
  • 1
    Students will have mastered the physical principles governing all of the commonly used elements of optoelectronic and fiber optic systems (e.g., lasers, laser diodes, LEDs, photodetectors, optical fiber).
  • 2
    Students will have sufficient background to design optical systems for applications as diverse as manufacturing, biotechnology, remote characterization and detection, and tactical defense.
E C E 434 ( 3 Credits )
Introduction to ray optics, physical optics and interference, applications of Fourier optics, absorption, dispersion, and polarization of light. Second half of the course treats light sources, including lasers (gas, solid state, and semiconductor), modulation and detection of light.
ECE 320, ECE 335 or con reg
College: College of Engineering
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Course Coordinator
 Luke Mawst
Text book, title, author, and year

Fundamentals of Photonics, by B. E. A. Saleh and M. Teich, 2007

Supplemental Materials
Required / Elective / Selected Elective
Selected Elective
ABET Program Outcomes Associated with this Course
Program Specific Student Outcomes
Brief List of Topics to be Covered
  1. Ray and electromagnetic analysis of optical propagation.
  2. Holography
  3. Gaussian beams
  4. Optical properties of waveguides; evanescent coupling; index guiding
  5. Dispersion and attenuation in insulators, semiconductors, and conductors.
  6. Photon statistics
  7. Direct bandgap materials  (III-Vs)
  8. Optical sources: thermal, electro-luminescent, LEDs, lasers, laser diodes
  9. Optical detectors: photoconductive, pn junctions
  10. Optical nonlinearities
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