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College of Science, Engineering and Technology

College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Engineering Graduate Programs

Optical Engineering Course Descriptions


OEN 520 OPTICAL DESIGN AND INSTRUMENTATION

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Introduces geometrical and physical optics systems and their ramifications will be discussed. Course exposes the student to a variety of optical equipment, including mirrors, prisms, beam splitters, couplers, polarization equipment, lasers and laser coupling techniques. Laboratory experiments will introduce basic photonic, geometric and physical optics instrumentation as well as measurement techniques.


OEN 525 MATHEMATICS FOR OPTICS

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Basic mathematical tools of optics, and photonics including linear algebra, advanced vector calculus, complex variable theory, ordinary and partial differential equations and integral transform will be discussed. Approximation techniques such as Runge-Kutta methods as well as required mathematical techniques for the students’ research may also be included.


OEN 530 OPTICAL MATERIALS

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

This course relates optical behavior to the fundamental chemical, physical and micro-structural properties of conductors, insulators and semiconductor materials. Specialty topics such as the Kerr effect, Stark effect, Zeeman shift, radiative and non-radiative transitions, up-conversion processes and other energy transfer mechanisms will be discussed, with an emphasis on semiconductor materials. Students will gain an insight into the kinds of materials engineering and processing conditions that are necessary to produce a material with a desired optical property.


OEN 560 OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS I

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Advantages of optical communication and the fundamental components of a communication system will be covered. Topics will include waveguide theory, signal impairments such as fiber attenuation and dispersion, laser modulation, photo-detection and noise and coherent communications.


OEN 561 OPTICAL COMMUNICATIONS II

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Continues the discussion in optical communications with a brief review of sources, detectors and signal degradation mechanisms in optical fibers. The remainder of the course deals with optical system network elements such as amplifiers, wavelength division multiplexers, switches and other passive optical components. Basic system design, testing and measurements will also be covered with the aid of system modeling software.


OEN 580 QUANTUM MECHANICS

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

This course develops the foundations of quantum optics, interactions of two-level atoms with light; basic elements of laser theory; fundamental consequences of the quantization of the light field and introduction to modern topics in quantum optics.


OEN 590 RESEARCH METHODS

COURSE CREDITS: 1
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

This course will provide students with the tools to research technical topics using the various search engines and abstracts so that exhaustive literature searches on technical topics can be developed. Various technical styles of writing and technical manuals will be used to ensure that communication skills are optimized for writing theses and technical proposals.


OEN 630 OPTO-ELECTRONIC DEVICES

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Materials for optoelectronic, optical processes in semiconductors, absorption and radiation, transition rates and carrier lifetimes are discussed. Principles of LEDs, lasers, photo detectors, modulators and solar cells and optoelectronic integrated circuits are discussed in detail.


OEN 650 MICRO-ELECTROMECHANICAL SYSTEMS (MEMS)

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

This course covers the MEMS field at the graduate level. Tensor physics will be reviewed and used to describe physical properties of importance to sensors and actuators including; stress, strain, resistivity, and elasticity. Students will examine the methods that are used to predict the deflections of common mechanical structures used in MEMS. The course also covers both bulk and surface micro-machining, include techniques for measuring properties of thin films.


OEN 690 APPLIED OPTICS RESEARCH SEMINAR

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Invited speakers with optical engineering experience will meet with the class to describe their experiences, entrepreneurial ventures, and research challenges.


OEN 698 MASTER’S THESIS RESEARCH

COURSE CREDITS: 3
PREREQUISITES: Graduate Course

Required by thesis option students. Students must have a research adviser and be working on a research project.