Higher education teachers: Krč Janez
Collaborators: Smole Franc, Topič Marko
Credits: 5
Subject code: 64814

Subject description


  • enrolment in the 1st academic year of post-graduate doctoral study
  • knowledge on semiconductor devices and basics of optoelectronics

Content (Syllabus outline):

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

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.

Intended learning outcomes:

  • pre-knowledge 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).

Learning and teaching methods:

  • lectures,
  • consultations,
  • individual work.

Study materials

  1. B. E. A. Saleh, Fundamentals of photonics, Wiley, 2007.
  2. J. P. Dakin, R. G. W. Brown, Handbook of optoelectronics, CRC Press 2006.
  3. F. G. Smith, T. A. King, D. Wilkins, Optics and Photonics - An Introduction, Wiley, 2007.
  4. W. J.. Smith, Modern Optical Engineering: The Design of Optical Systems, Mcgraw Hill Book Co , 2007.
  5. H. Zimmermann, Silicon Optoelectronic Integrated Circuits, Springer Series in AdvancedMicroelectronics, 2010.