Optical Materials and Devices

Learn about the optical properties of materials, including how LEDs, lasers, and solar cell devices are designed.
Optical Materials and Devices
This course is archived
Estimated 6 weeks
8–12 hours per week
Instructor-led on a course schedule

About this course

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In this engineering course, you will learn about photodetectors, solar cells (photovoltaics), displays, light emitting diodes, lasers, optical fibers, optical communications, and photonic devices.

This course is part of a three-part series, which explains the basis of the electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials including semiconductors, metals, organics, and insulators. We will show how devices are built to take advantage of these properties. This is illustrated with a wide range of devices, placing a strong emphasis on new and emerging technologies.

Part 1 - 3.15.1x: Electronic Materials and Devices
Part 3 - 3.15.3x: Magnetic Materials and Devices

At a glance

  • Institution: MITx
  • Subject: Engineering
  • Level: Advanced
  • Prerequisites:
    • Physics, calculus, and chemistry at the first year university level
    • Familiarity with materials structure and bonding
    • A background in solid state physics is helpful, but is not absolutely essential
    • 3.15.1x Electronic Materials and Devices
  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • The fundamental operating principles of photodevices
  • LED and heterojunction laser materials selection and design
  • Fundamentals of organic electronics and liquid crystal displays
  • An overview of photonic systems
  • Optical fibers: dispersion, losses, and design choices

Week 1:

  • Photodevices: An Overview
  • Photovoltaics: A Closer Look

Week 2:

  • LEDs
  • Introduction to Lasers
  • Semiconductor Lasers and Heterostructures

Week 3:

  • Organic Electronics
  • Liquid Crystal Displays
  • Optical Fibers

Week 4:

  • An Overview of Photonic Systems

Week 5:

  • Final Quiz

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