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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 6.977 (Fall 2002) 
  • Course Title:
  • Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Theory and Design 
  • Course Level:
  • Graduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Electrical Engineering and Computer Science 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Rajeev Ram

  • Course Introduction:

  • 6.977 Semiconductor Optoelectronics: Theory and Design

    Fall 2002

    Course Highlights

    6.977 is a special subject offered by the department. The site features a full set of homework assignments.

    Course Description

    6.977 focuses on the physics of the interaction of photons with semiconductor materials. The band theory of solids is used to calculate the absorption and gain of semiconductor media. The rate equation formalism is used to develop the concepts of laser threshold, population inversion and modulation response. Matrix methods and coupled mode theory are applied to resonator structures such as distributed feedback lasers, tunable lasers and microring devices. The course is also intended to introduce students to noise models for semiconductor devices and to applications of optoelectronic devices to fiber optic communications. This course is worth 12 Engineering Design points.

    *Some translations represent previous versions of courses.


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