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3.15.2x

Optical Materials and Devices

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About this course

In this engineering course, you will learn about photodetectors, solar cells (photovoltaics), displays, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical fibers, optical communications, and photonic devices.

This course is part of a three-part series, which explains the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators. We will show how devices are built to take advantage of these properties. This is illustrated with a wide range of devices, placing a strong emphasis on new and emerging technologies.

What you'll learn

  • The fundamental operating principles of photodevice
  • LED and heterojunction laser materials selection and design
  • Fundamentals of organic electronics and liquid crystal displays
  • An overview of photonic systems
  • Optical fibers: dispersion, losses, and design choices

Syllabus

Week 1

  • Photodevices: An Overview
  • Photovoltaics: A Closer Look

Week 2

  • LEDs
  • Introduction to Lasers
  • Semiconductor Lasers and Heterostructures

Week 3

  • Organic Electronics
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Optical Fibers

Week 4

  • An Overview of Photonic Systems

Course staff

Caroline Ross

Toyota Professor of Materials Science and Engineering MIT

  1. Course Number:

    3.15.2x
  2. Classes Start:

  3. Classes End:

  4. Estimated Effort:

    At lease 6 hours per week
  5. Length:

    6 weeks
  6. Year Created:

    2020
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