Meeting time: MW 10:30-12:20
Location: EEB 042
Instructor: Lih Y. Lin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Faculty webpage: http://www.ee.washington.edu/people/faculty/lin_lih
Office: EE M-414
Office hour: M 12:30-1:30 or by appointment
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There is no pre-requisite to this class, but knowing the materials in PHYS122 Electromagnetism and PHYS123 Waves will be a plus.
Optics - First enunciated by Euclid as Geometrical Optics or Ray Optics in his "Catoptrics"
in 300 B.C., has evolved into a broad discipline elegantly formulated by a set of
fundamental physical principles and rigorously developed mathematical equations. The long
debate between geometrical optics and wave optics lead to Maxwell equations that founded
electromagnetic optics. Mystery about absorption and emission was finally explained by
quantum theory, which treated light as photons, in the beginning of 20th century.
Now widely referred as Photonics, which accounts for photon aspect of light and includes
treatment on various photonic devices, this discipline has made rapid progresses and broad
impacts in various fields in the last few decades, such as Optoelectronic devices and
systems, Optical fiber communications, Biophotonics, Nanophotonics, new photonic materials and structures.
EE485 "Introduction to Photonics" will provide introductory lectures on fundamental
optical principles and phenomena, as well as photonic devices and systems for electrical engineers. Fundamental principles will be accompanied by practical and contemporary examples.
The topics we plan to cover are:
Light as electromagnetic waves
- Wave euqations
- Harmonic waves
- Electromagnetic waves
- Energy flow and absorption
- Fiber optics
- Matrix treatment of polarization
- Reflection and refraction at dielectric interfaces
- Polarization phenomena and devices
Superposition of waves and interference
- Two-beam interference and interferometry
- Multi-wave interference
- Fabry-Perot interferometer
- Group/phase velociy and disperson
- Fraunhofer diffraction
- Diffraction grating
- Fresnel diffraction
Photon and laser basics
- Photon properties
- Laser basics
- Characteristics of laser beams
- Rate equations
- Steady-state laser operation
- Laser line broadening
- Pulsed operation
Nonlinear optics and light modulation
- Second harmonic generation and frequency mixing
- Electro-optic effects
- Faraday effect and acoustic-optic effect
F. L. Pedrotti, L. S. Pedrotti, and L. M. Pedrotti, Introduction to Optics, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall.
J. T. Verdeyen, Laser Electronics, 3rd ed., Prentice Hall.
Homework assignments: 40%
Midterm exam: 30%
Final exam: 30%
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