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ENEE486 Optoelectronics Laboratory

Course Description: This class provides hands-on experience in performing measurements in optics and electro-optics. In particular, the students learn about reflection, refraction, diffraction, imaging, polarization, and propagation of light in optical fibers. They also learn about Gaussian beams, light detectors, gratings, spectrometers, photovoltaics, LED displays, acousto-optic modulators, and fiber optics communication.

Prerequisite(s): ENEE 205, PHYS 270/271

Corequisite(s): None

Course Objectives:

  • Students will have mastered the operation of sophisticated test and measurement (T&M) equipment: 1) can efficiently troubleshoot and fix incorrect settings on T&M equipment, 2) can reliably measure data with errors limited by T&M accuracy and 3) can perform routine calibrations of T&M equipment.
  • Students will be able to conduct experiments and collect and record data. In particular, the students will be able to use techniques to minimize errors and eliminate artifacts, to troubleshoot hardware to collect sufficient data (both in terms of quantity and quality) to achieve lab goals, to demonstrate comprehensive and well organized records, and to establish conclusive robust results
  • Students will be able to correctly analyze, interpret  and present data. In particular, the students will be able to 1) identify and interpret all relevant robust features in data, 2) use appropriate software to analyze and interpret data, and 3) organize and present clearly results of data analysis.

Topics Covered:

  • Optical detectors and photovoltaics
  • Refraction of light
  • Reflection of light
  • Diffraction of light
  • Image formation
  • Transmission gratings and acousto-optic modulators
  • Reflection gratings and spectrometers
  • Polarization and liquid cristal modulators
  • Fiber optics communication