Module Identifier PH34510  
Module Title OPTRONICS  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Evans  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Dr Rudolf Winter  
Pre-Requisite PH22010  
Course delivery Lecture   20 lectures  
Assessment Course work   Tests Coursework Deadlines (by week of Semester): Test (10%) Week 8 (approx) Test (10%) Week 11 (approx)   20%  
  Exam   2 Hours end of semester exmaination for BSc Students   80%  
  Exam   3 Hours end of semester exmanination for MPhys Students   80%  

Module description

This module will investigate how photons can replace electrons as the principal information-processing agents. The module will discuss optical sources (including lasers in detail), optical fibres and waveguides, modulation of light (acoustic-optic and electro-optic modulation) and optical signal processing.

Learning outcomes

After taking this module students should be able to:

Outline syllabus

Absorption, spontaneous emission of radiation and the Einstein relations
Laser radiation theory leading to the necessity for population inversion
Population inversion and three- and four-level systems
Threshold condition for laser cavities and mode structure of laser light
Examples of practical laser systems including solid state lasers, gas lasers, excimer lasers, dye lasers and semiconductor lasers

Snell's law and optical fibres
Dispersion and attenuation in optical fibres
Single mode and graded index fibres
Materials for optical fibres

Birefringence and the electro-optic modulators
The design of electro-optic modulators
The acousto-optic effect
The design of acousto-optic modulators

Reading Lists

J. Wilson and J.F.B. Hawkes. Optoelectronics: an Introduction. Prentice/Hall ISBN 013103961X