ECE 6214 Optoelectronic Devices | ECE | Virginia Tech


Course Information


principles of light generation and detection, operation, and design of state-of-the-art optoelectronic and photonic devices. Advanced treatment of the operating principles of semiconductor optoelectronic devices with direct comparison to experimental data reported in the literature.

Why take this course?

Optoelectronic devices and optoelectronic integrated optics are becoming increasingly important electronic components with industrial, consumer, and defense applications in fields such as high speed communications, solid state lighting, optical imaging, and environmental and biomedical sensing. To design, characterize, and model these devices requires an in-depth knowledge of semiconductor device physics, gained in ECE 4214, and of material properties and carrier dynamics, gained in ECE 5200.

Learning Objectives

  • explain key concepts in quantum and statistical mechanics relevant to physical, electrical and optoelectronic properties of materials and their applications to optoelectronic devices and photonic integrated circuits that emit, modulate, switch, and detect photons
  • describe fundamental and applied aspects of optoelectronic device physics and its applications to the design and operation of laser diodes, light-emitting diodes, and photodetectors
  • analyze optoelectronic device characteristics in detail using concepts from quantum mechanics and solid state physics
  • describe techniques to improve the operation of optoelectronic devices and device characteristics that have to be optimized for new applications by employing their understanding of optoelectronic device physics

Course Topics


Percentage of Course

1. Electronic structure of semiconductors 10%
2. Heterostructures and the effects of heavy doping 5%
3. Optical processes in semiconductors 15%
4. Heterojunction band alignment and quantum wells 10%
5. Propagation of light 15%
6. Semiconductor lasers 15%
7. Photodetectors and integrated photonics 15%
8. Solar cells 15%