ECE 69500 - Nanophotonic Modeling


This course is runs the first five weeks of the semester and is offered through edX.

Course Details

Lecture Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Counts as:

Normally Offered:

Each Spring


Graduate Standing; ECE 60400 (may be taken concurrently)

Requisites by Topic:

Electromagnetic Field Theory

Catalog Description:

This course is an introduction to photonic materials and devices structured on the wavelength scale. Generally, these systems will be characterized as having critical dimensions at the nanometer scale. These can include nanophotonic, plasmonic, and metamaterials components and systems. This course will aim to introduce students to computational techniques employed in current design and research efforts in nanophotonics. Students will learn the strengths and weaknesses of each approach; what types of problems call for which one; and how your simulation will perform. Techniques include eigenvalue problems, fast Fourier transforms, band structure calculations, rigorous-coupled wave analysis, and finite-difference time-domain. Potential applications include photovoltaics, thermal management, radiative control, and nonlinear optics. The course should be useful for graduate students interested in incorporating these techniques into their design projects or thesis research.

Required Text(s):

  1. Photonic Crystals: Molding the Flow of Light , Joannopoulos, J.D., Johnson, S.G., Winn, J. N., & Meade, R. B. , Princeton University Press , 2008 , ISBN No. 9780691124568

Recommended Text(s):


Lecture Outline:

Week Topic
1-2 Photonic Bandstructures: physical efforts of periodic media, Bloch solutions
3 Transfer Matrices: transmission and reflection of multi-layer systems, with and without lateral periodicities
4 Time-domain simulations: leapfrog PDE solvers, Yee lattice, modern FDTD tools
5 Finite-element methods: Galerkin method, applications to photovoltaics, thermal management, and radiative control.

Assessment Method:

The course is graded on quizzes.