Course description

INTRODUCTION: current challenges and trends in Optoelectronics

OPTICS: models of light, light and matter, complex permittivity and complex refractive index, reflection on flat and rough interfaces, refraction, scattering, photometry and radiometry


– Light emitting diodes (LED): spontaneous emission, materials, structures,  technologies, optical and electrical characteristics

– Organic LED (OLED): materials, structures and trends

– Lasers: stimulated emission, operational principle and requiements, main parts of a laser, optical amplification and losses, spectrum and shape of the output beam, applications of lasers

– Laser diodes (LD): structures, PN, DH, DBR, DFB VCSEL LD, applications, power LD


– semiconductor photodetectors (pn, pin, heterodiode, avalance, phototransistor), optical filters, vertical thin-film colour detectors based on a-Si:H

– detector arrays: CCD, CMOS and a-Si:H detector arrays

DISPLAYS: structure and operation of LCD, properties and characteristics of TFTs, LED, plasma and OLED displays, 3D displays

OTHER SELECTED TOPICS: photonic crystals, nanophotonics, plasmonics, printed optoelectronics, metamaterials, optical antennas, optical sensors, Foirier optics

The contents of the course is being updated and upgraded with seminar works on specific topics on optoelectronics and photonics

Course is carried out on study programme

Objectives and competences

  • an overview knowledge on contemporary devices, technologies and trends in optoelectronics
  • upgrade of knowledge on operational principles of optoelectronic devices
  • ability of further research work in the field

Learning and teaching methods

lectures, consultations, individual work

Intended learning outcomes

  • preknowledge for further research and development in optoelectronic sciences
  • understanding of operational principle and usage of optoelectronic devices
  • specific research work on narrower field of optoelectronics (seminar work)

Reference nosilca

  1. Krč J, Lipovšek B, Topič M (2014) Design for high out-coupling efficiency of white OLED using CROWM – a combined geometric/wave optics model, Solid-State and Organic Lighting, Tuscon, Arizona, United States, November 3-7, 2013. Solid-State and Organic Lighting
  2. Schmid M, Klenk R, Lux-Steiner M, Ch, Topič M, Krč J (2011) Modeling plasmonic scattering combined with thin-film optics. Nanotechnology 22/10: 1-10
  3. Conde J P, Joskowiak A, Lipovšek B, Pimentel A, Pereira A T, Santos M, Krč J, Topič M, Prazers D M F, Chu V (2010) Spectral selectivity constraints in fluorescence detection of biomolecules using amorphous silicon based detectors, Physica status solidi. C, 7: 1156-1159
  4. Kovačič M, Krč J, Lipovšek B, Topič M (2013) Diffraction gratings for optical filtering in fluorescence detection of biomolecules. 49th International Conference on Microelectronics, Devices and Materials & theWorkshop on Digital Electronic Systems, September 25 – 27, Kranjska Gora, 71-75
  5. Krč J,Topič M (2013) Optical modeling and simulation of thin-film photovoltaic devices. CRC Press, New York

Study materials

1. Saleh B E A, Tech M C (2007) Fundamentals of photonics. Wiley, New Jersey

2. Gong Q, Hu X (2014) Photonic crystals, Principles and applications. Pan Stanford, Singapore

3. Smith F G, King T A, Wilkins D (2007) Optics and Photonics – An Introduction. Wiley, New Jersey

4. Smith W J (2008) Modern Optical Engineering: The Design of Optical Systems. Mcgraw Hill Book Co, UK

5. Chrostowski L, Hoshberg M (2015) Silicon Photonics Design. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Bodi na tekočem

Univerza v Ljubljani, Fakulteta za elektrotehniko, Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

E:  dekanat@fe.uni-lj.si T:  01 4768 411