About this Course
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...
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Quantum Cascade Lasers

The course covers the basics of nanophotonic light emitting devices and optical detectors, including metal semiconductor, metal semiconductor insulator, and pn junctions, photoconductors, avalanche photodiodes and photomultiplier tubes. Low dimensional structures enable an entirely new class of devices. Join me on a journey to understand how this happens and explore powerful examples of successful technologies such as the quantum cascade laser....
Reading
6 videos (Total 21 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Intro to Quantum Cascade Lasers and Low-Dimensional Structures1m
Intro to Quantum Cascade Lasers7m
Density of States in Low Dimensional Structures3m
Quantum Dots, Part I5m
Quantum Dots, Part II1m
Reading3 readings
References5m
Reference Values and Equations10m
MATLAB License10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Quantum Cascade Lasers and Low-Dimensional Structures Practice30m
Quantum Cascade Lasers and Low-Dimensional Structuresm

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2 hours to complete

Confined photons

In this unit, we will learn how to confine photons just as we do with electrons. This gives us power over the allowed modes of emission, allowing us to enhance the performance of lasers as well as develop 'threshold-less' lasers. I hope you enjoy this exciting topic as much as I do....
Reading
8 videos (Total 31 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
Photon Confinement4m
Photon Density of States, Part I5m
Photon Density of States, Part II1m
Spontaneous Emission Enhancement4m
Micropillar Laser4m
Whispering Gallery Mode3m
Photonic Crystals4m
Reading2 readings
References5m
Reference Values and Equations10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Confined Photons Practice30m
Confined Photons30m

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2 hours to complete

photonic detection

In this module, you will learn about the basics of detection and the key performance metrics that are used to evaluate detectors including noise equivalent power and detectivity. This lays the building blocks for fundamental understanding, design, and use of different photonic detection technology. This is core information that should be in the wheelhouse of any photonics researcher or engineer....
Reading
5 videos (Total 20 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Introduction to Photonic Detection3m
Noise5m
Noise Equivalent Power5m
Detectivity5m
Reading2 readings
References5m
Reference Values and Equations10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Photonic Detection Practice45m
Photonic Detection45m

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4 hours to complete

metal insulator semiconductor structures

In this unit, you will learn about the fundamentals of how metal insulator semiconductor devices operate, their advantages and challenges they face. This information is particularly useful for understanding the operation of charge-coupled devices, discussed in the next section....
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10 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video10 videos
Metal Semiconductor Junction7m
Metal Semiconductor Junction Under Bias5m
Schottky Diode8m
Metal Insulator Semiconductor Devices3m
Surface States in Metal Insulator Semiconductor Devices11m
MIS Operation vs. Bias3m
MIS Devices5m
Calculation of Charge Storage Time5m
Dark Current4m
Reading2 readings
References5m
Reference Values and Equations10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Metal Insulator Semiconductor Structures Practicem
Metal Insulator Semiconductor Structures30m

Instructor

Juliet Gopinath

Associate Professor
Electrical, Computer, and Energy Engineering

About University of Colorado Boulder

CU-Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners on one of the most spectacular college campuses in the country. As one of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies....

About the Active Optical Devices Specialization

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....
Active Optical Devices

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