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 Optics Software Material Processing Lasers in Image Processing
Printer Technology Communications Non-destructive testing Lasers in Medicine
Display Technology Optical Computing Alignment Systems Lasers in Computers
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: M W, 15:00 - 16:20, 209 NORTON 
Laboratory Credit: 4 Design Credit: 2

Instructor: Dr. A. N. Cartwright
Department of Electrical Engineering 
201 Bonner Hall 
Tel: 645-1053 E-Mail:
Office Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 M, W 

Course Web Site:

Prerequisites: PHA 108; Pre or Corequisite: MTH 242;, Laser Electronics I (ECE492) is NOT a prerequisite.

Design Project: 45 % (Proposal 10%, Updates 10%, Accomplishments 25%)
Evaluation of project by classmates 5%
Evaluation of your efforts by group members 10%
Individual Topic Presentation 20% (Presentation on a current consumer project that uses optics)
Quizzes (on presentations) 10%
Class Participation and Interaction 10%

: We hope there will be 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. 

EE494/594 Spring 2001 Consumer Optoelectronics