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Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Optical Materials and Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology via edX

Overview

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

Syllabus

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

Taught by

Caroline Ross

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