3.46 Photonic Materials and Devices

Spring 2006

Microscope photo of end view of a multi-layered waveguide.
A photonic crystal waveguide manufactured on a silicon wafer using thermal oxidation, UV lithography and Chemical Vapor Deposition at MIT's Microsystems Technology Laboratories (MTL). See: Yi, Y., S. Akiyama, L. C. Kimerling, et al. Optics Express 12, no. 20 (2004): 4775-4780. (Photo by Prof. Lionel C. Kimerling.)

Course Highlights

This course features complete assignments and exams, and many lecture notes.

Course Description

This course covers the theory, design, fabrication and applications of photonic materials and devices. After a survey of optical materials design for semiconductors, dielectrics and polymers, the course examines ray optics, electromagnetic optics and guided wave optics; physics of light-matter interactions; and device design principles of LEDs, lasers, photodetectors, modulators, fiber and waveguide interconnects, optical filters, and photonic crystals. Device processing topics include crystal growth, substrate engineering, thin film deposition, etching and process integration for dielectric, silicon and compound semiconductor materials. The course also covers microphotonic integrated circuits and applications in telecom/datacom systems. Course assignments include four design projects that emphasize materials, devices and systems applications.
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Prof. Lionel C. Kimerling
Dr. Sajan Saini

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session



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