ECE 494/594: Laser Electronics II: Spring 1998

Electrical and Computer Engineering


Laboratory Credit: 4 Design Credit: 2


Content: This course is a design and laboratory course. We will cover the basic operation of photonic devices relevant to practical system design. It is intended to incorporate conventional electrical and software design with optics and photonics.


Potential topics are listed below:

CD-ROM operation

Printer Technology

Display Technology

Alignment Systems

Optical Computing

Optics for Communications


Lasers in Image Processing

Lasers in Medicine

Lasers in Computers

Lasers in Non-destructive testing

Lasers in Materials Processing

Design of Optics Software


You, the students, working in groups, will design practical products using photonic devices as building blocks. Specifically, the groups will be asked to think of how photonic devices can be used to replace current electronic versions. In addition, students can choose a software design project related to optics, e.g., optical beam propagation using C, C++ or Visual Basic.


Lecture: 10:00 - 10:50 M W F, 325 Bell Hall

Office Hours: 11:00 12:00 M W F

Registration: ECE494: 253732 ECE594: 038673


Instructor: Dr. A. N. Cartwright, Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

214 Bonner Hall

Tel: 645-1053 E-Mail:



Prerequisites: PHA 108; Pre or Corequisite: MTH 242;
Laser Electronics I is NOT a prerequisite.


Evaluation: Laboratory Experiments (Times to be arranged) (20 %)

Quizzes (biweekly) (20 %)

Design Project (30 %)

Design Presentation and Updates (10 %)

Final Exam. (20 %)


Laboratory: This will include a number of experiments. Labs will be expected to last about 2-3 hours. These labs will be conducted as a group (about 3 students).


ECE594: Students registered for this course number will be expected to complete all laboratories and computer simulations without signing up for an extra hour of credit.