This course is directed at the issues of integrated photonics. Four major area are covered: 1) fundamental principles of electromagnetic theory; 2) waveguides; 3) simulation of waveguide modes, and 4) photonic structures. The emphasis is slightly heavier into optical waveguides and numerical simulation techniques because advances in optical communications will be based on nanostructure waveguides coupled with new materials. Topics include: Maxwell's equations; slab, step index, rectangular and graded index wave guides; dispersion; attenuations; non-linear effects; numerical methods; and coupled mode theory. Mathematica will be used extensively in this class.
EE 3311 & EE 3330, or permission of instructor.