Fundamental of Optoelectronics


This module will present the basic physics and design engineering of guided wave optical devices with reference to Maxwell’s equations. The module will involve math and physics to provide practical design formula and it will include numerical examples. After the mathematical background section, the module will deal with optical waveguides and the relevant phenomenon occurring in the waveguides, such as dispersion, attenuation and nonlinear effects, and coupling between the optical sources to the waveguides. The next section will handle noise in optical detectors and optical sources. Among the devices that will be included in the course: optical detectors, semiconductor lasers, fiber-optic sensors, and waveguide modulators. The module aimed at showing the student how to design or simulate real devices.


Part 1 Fundamentals
1. The Fundamental Tools of Optoelectronics: Maxwell’s Equations

Part 2 The Optical Wire
2 The Planar Slab Waveguide
3. Dispersion in Waveguides
4. Graded-Index Waveguides
5. Step-Index Circular Waveguides
6. Dispersion and Graded-Index Fibers
7. Attenuation and nonlinear Effects in Waveguides
8. Rectangular Dielectric Waveguides

Part 3 Coupling and Numeric Analysis
9. The Beam Propagation Method
10. Coupled Mode Theory and Application
11. Coupling between Optical Sources and Waveguides
Part 4 Noise and Detection
12. Noise in Optical Detectors
13. Optical Detectors

Part 5 Optical Sources
14. Optical Radiation and Amplifications
15. Optical Amplifiers and Lasers
16. Semiconductor Lasers
Part 6 Optical Devices
17. Waveguide Modulators
18. Fiber-Optic Sensors

Part 7 Polarization & Modulation of Light
19. State of Polarization & Maulus Law
20. Light Propagation in an Anisotropic Medium: Birefringence
21. Half and Quarter Wave Plates
22. Optical Activity and Circular Birefringence
23. Electro – Optic Effect
24. Acousto-Optic Modulator
25. Magneto-Optic Effects
26. Non Linera Optics and Second Harmonic Oscillators

Learning Outcomes

1. Design an optical detector.
2. Explain the operating mechanism of a semiconductor laser.
3. Simulate an optical waveguide.
4. Calculate SNR at the optical detector.
5. Explain Polarization and Modulation of Light
6. Explain how optical modulator works.


Book Title: Fundamentals of Optoelectronics Clifford R. Pollock
Dr. Alina Karabchevsky, email:

External Evaluator

Dr. Alina Karabchevsky, email:

Responsible Academic

Dr Moshe Zohar (SCE)

Associate Professor Kostantinos Petridis (TEI of Crete)

Awarded ECTS