EE529 Semiconductor Optoelectronics


Schedule and
Lecture Notes

Homework and
Final Project


Meeting time: TuTh 12:30-2:20 pm
Location: EEB 025

Instructor: Lih Y. Lin (lylin at uw )
Office: EE M-414
Office hours: TuTh 2:30-3:00 pm or by appointment
TA: Peifeng Jing (peifen11 at uw )
Office: EE 253A
TA Office hours: Tu 3:00-5:00 pm

Course Description

The objective of this course is to understand the fundamentals and applications of semiconductor optoelectronic devices. The course starts with introducing foundation knowledges of semiconductor optoelectronics, such as electronic properties of semiconductors, optical processes in semiconductors, and guided wave semiconductor optics. We will then discuss semiconductor optoelectronic devices that have been influencing our life, such as light emitting diodes (LED), lasers, photodetectors and solar cells. Classical materials will be complemented with contemporary subjects. The topics we plan to cover are:
    Semiconductor Basics
  • Semiconductor materials
  • Electron and hole distribution
  • Electron-hole generation and recombination
  • p-n junction

    Optical Processes and Light Emitting Diodes
  • Band-to-band optical transitions
  • Absorption spectrum and mechanisms
  • Spontaneous emission
  • LED principles and efficiency
  • Frequency response and modulation bandwidth

    Optical Waveguides
  • Modes in planar waveguides
  • Ray-optics approach
  • Electromagnetic-wave approach
  • Modes in channel waveguides

    Photodetectors and Solar Cells
  • Photodetector noise
  • Performance parameters
  • Photoconductors
  • Junction photodiodes
  • Solar cells

    Semiconductor Lasers
  • Optical gain spectrum
  • Laser threshold, power and efficiency
  • Modulation characteristics
  • Advanced laser structures


    Main: Jia-Miing Liu, Photonic Devices, Cambridge University Press (a two-part book).
    Ref: Bhattacharya, Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices, 2nd ed., Prentice Hall


    Homework assignments: 60%
    Final project: 40%


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