13D061OOPH - Optical Properties of Semiconductor Heterostructures

Course specification
Course title Optical Properties of Semiconductor Heterostructures
Acronym 13D061OOPH
Study programme Electrical Engineering and Computing
Type of study doctoral studies
Lecturer (for classes)
Lecturer/Associate (for practice)
    Lecturer/Associate (for OTC)
      ESPB 9.0 Status elective
      Condition none
      The goal Provide detailed insight into optical properties of semiconductor heterostructures, with emphasis on the optical properties of nanostructures (quantum wells, superlattices). A particular attention will be given to theoretical analysis and numerical simulation of quantum cascade lasers, photodetectors and generators of second and third harmonic.
      The outcome Students should gain a working knowledge of the optical properties of nanostructures, which allow them to solve practical problems through completion of course projects.
      Contents of lectures Quantum mechanics of photons (Maxwell equations in reciprocal space, quantization of electromagnetic waves). Electron - photon interaction. Linear and nonlinear susceptibility. Rate ​​equations. Population inversion and optical gain. Quantum cascade lasers. Photodetectors. Waveguides. Optical confinement. Bragg waveguides and mirrors. Frequency conversion. Optical rectification.
      Contents of exercises completing course projects and composing research papers
      1. E. Rosensher, B. Vinter: Optoelectronics, University press, Cambridge, 2002 (Original title)
      2. R. Loudon, The quantum theory of lights, Clarendon press, Oxford, 1973 (Original title)
      3. R. Boyd, "Nonlinear optics", Academic Press, 2019. (Original title)
      4. P. Yeh, Optical waves in layered media, Wiley Interscience, New York, 1988 (Original title)
      5. P. Harrison, A. Valavanis "Quantum Wells, Wires and Dots: Theoretical and Computational Physics of Semiconductor Nanostructures", Wiley, 2016. (Original title)
      Number of hours per week during the semester/trimester/year
      Lectures Exercises OTC Study and Research Other classes
      Methods of teaching lectures, course projects, seminars
      Knowledge score (maximum points 100)
      Pre obligations Points Final exam Points
      Activites during lectures 0 Test paper 50
      Practical lessons 50 Oral examination 0
      Projects 0
      Colloquia 0
      Seminars 0