About this Specialization
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Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Some undergraduate-level math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

What you will learn

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    Analyze and design light sources and surrounding optical systems

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    Analyze and design detection systems for LIDAR, microscopy and cameras

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    Design optical device systems that can adapt to the environment

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    Use lasers and optical electronics through an understanding of the interaction of light and atoms, laser rate equations, and noise in photo-detection

Skills you will gain

design lasersdesign displaysdesign detectorsanalyze lasers and detectors
100% online courses

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Advanced Level

Advanced Level

Some undergraduate-level math and physics, along with some basics of electrical engineering

Available languages

English

Subtitles: English...

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how it works

There are 3 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Light Emitting Diodes and Semiconductor Lasers

LEDs and Semiconductor Lasers Course Introduction You will learn about semiconductor light emitting diodes (LEDs) and lasers, and the important rules for their analysis, planning, design, and implementation. You will also apply your knowledge through challenging homework problem sets to cement your understanding of the material and prepare you to apply in your career. Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course you will be able to… (1) Design a semiconductor light emitting diode and analyze efficiency (2) Design a semiconductor laser (3) Choose suitable semiconductor materials for light emitting devices...
Course2

Nanophotonics and Detectors

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...
Course3

Displays

Displays Course Introduction The course will dive deep into electronic display devices, including liquid crystals, electroluminescent, plasma, organic light emitting diodes, and electrowetting based displays. You'll learn about various design principles, affordances and liabilities, and also a variety of applications in the real world of professional optics. Course Learning Outcomes At the end of this course you will be able to… (1) Select a display technology for a given application (LIDAR, imaging, microscopy etc.) (2) Design a system around the limitations of a given display technology (ie. addressing) (3) Design a system that maximizes contract...

Instructor

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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....

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  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • We recommend that you take the courses in order, from Light Emitting Diodes to Nanophotonics to Displays.

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