REQUIRED TEXT: Saleh and Teich, Fundamentals of Photonics , Wiley, latest edition
SUPPLEMENTAL TEXTS: A. Yariv, Optical Electronics , Oxford Press, 5th edition (1997). In addition, course notes will be distributed.
COURSE COORDINATOR: Prof. Seng-Tiong Ho
COURSE GOALS: Introduce students to concepts in photonic information processing, i.e., how light is used in modern systems for encoding, manipulating, storing, and retrieving information.
DETAILED COURSE TOPICS:
Week 1: Introduction to Photonic Information Processing, Coherent vs. Incoherent Light
Week 2: Optical Propagation — A Linear System Approach: Paraxial Approximation and Fresnel Diffraction
Week 3: Gaussian Beams of Light and Their Propagation Characteristics
Week 4: Far-Field Limit and Fraunhofer Diffraction
Week 5: Thin Lens Imaging and Resolution Limits
Week 6: Optics of Anisotropic Media, Electro-optic Effect
Week 7: Propagation in Anisotropic Media, Electro-optic Modulation
Week 8: Acousto-optic Effect, Interaction of Light and Sound, AO Modulation
Week 9: Spatial Light Modulation, Application to Photonic Signal Processing
Week 10: Holography and Optical Storage
COMPUTER USAGE: Incidental use of MATLAB, Mathematica, or equivalent.
HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Homework assignments will be given to reinforce concepts taught in class.
LABORATORY PROJECTS: A few lab demonstrations of examples of photonic information processing will be presented.
GRADES: Homeworks – 20%, Exams – 80%
COURSE OBJECTIVES: When a student completes this course, s/he should be able to:
• Have an understanding of photonic information processing.
• Know what is the difference between coherent and incoherent light.
• Understand how coherent light propagates in free space — that free-space propagation is equivalent to a linear shift-invariant filter.
• Understand the differences between plane waves and Gaussian beams of light, the latter being the outputs of most lasers.
• Do detailed calculations relating to the propagation and focusing of Gaussian beams of light.
• Know how free-space diffraction affects the design of satellite-to-satellite and other open-space optical communication links.
• Understand imaging with thin lenses and the origin of the fundamental resolution limit.
• Know how light propagates in anisotropic media and what are electro-optic and acousto-optic effects.
• Understand basic concepts of electro-optic and acousto-optic modulation of light.
• Know how the above concepts are used in photonic information processing.
• Apply the theory of light propagation to understand how holography and optical storage works.
• Be prepared to take advanced courses in the area of photonics.
ABET CONTENT CATEGORY: 100% Engineering (Design component).