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Course number and title: EE888 EE Class Testing
Credits: 4
Instructor(s)-in-charge: J. M. Liu (
Course type: Lecture
Required or Elective: A pathway course.
Course Schedule:
Lecture: 4 hrs/week. Meets twice weekly.
Dicussion: 1 hr/discussion section. Multiple discussion sections offered per quarter.
Outside Study: 8 hrs/week.
Office Hours: 2 hrs/week by instructor. 2 hrs/week by each teaching assistant.
Course Assessment:
Homework: 8 assignments.
Exams: 1 midterm and 1 final examination.
Grading Policy: Typically 20% homework, 30% midterm, 50% final.
Course Prerequisites: EE101 (Engineering Electromagnetics)
Catalog Description: Introduction to basic principles of optical wave propagation and material responses. Crystal optics. Optical waveguides. Optical fibers. Optical couplers, including grating waveguide couplers, directional couplers, and surface input and output couplers. Electro-optics devices, including electro-optic modulators, guided-wave electro-optic devices, and traveling-wave modulators.  
Textbook and any related course material:
Class notes on Photonic Devices by J.M. Liu.
List of reference books.
Course Website
Topics covered in the course:
Understand the macroscopic formulation and basic physical concepts of material responses to optical fields.
Formulate and describe optical wave propagation in isotropic and anisotropic media.
Find the principal axes and principal indices of refraction of an isotropic crystal.
Analyze the guided mode characteristics of planar dielectric optical waveguides.
Design the structure of a planar dielectric optical waveguide for certain desired characteristics.
Analyze the mode characteristics of circular optical fibers.
Analyze the dispersion and loss characteristics of optical fibers.
Design the basic structure of a circular fiber for certain desired mode characteristics.
Select an optical fiber for a particular application based on the specifications of the fiber and the requirement of the application.
Formulate and analyze optical couplers using the coupled-mode theory.
Analyze the characteristics of various optical waveguide couplers, including grating couplers and directional couplers.
Design various optical waveguide couplers, including grating couplers and directional couplers, for specified characteristics.
Formulate and analyze electro-optic effects, particularly the Pockels effect, in optical crystals of various symmetry properties.
Analyze the characteristics and evaluate the performance of bulk electro-optic modulators.
Design bulk electro-optic modulators, including phase modulators, polarization modulators, and amplitude modulators.
Analyze the characteristics and evaluate the performance of waveguide electro-optic modulators.
Design waveguide electro-optic modulators, including traveling-wave electro-optic modulators.
Several homework assignments covering all aspects of core concepts, analysis skills, and design skills of photonic devices addressed in this course.
Comprehensive review sessions by the instructor at the end of the course to provide an overview of the subject and to summarize all important concepts.
Opportunities to interact weekly with the instructor and the teaching assistant(s) during regular office hours and discussion sections in order to further the students' learning experience and the students' interest in the material.
Will this course involve computer assignments? NO Will this course have TA(s) when it is offered? YES

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