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Course Descriptions

The Optical Engineering bachelor’s degree program is one of the few in the country. This program provides a firm foundation for those interested in continuing thier studies in optics at the graduate level, as well as for those going into industry. The curriculum was developed by the faculty with input from industrial representatives as well as from renowned national and international optics educators. Because of the diverse applications of optics, the curriculum contains a mix of courses in physics and mathematics as well as humanities and social sciences. The Optical Engineering program at Rose‑Hulman stresses laboratory instruction. We also encourage students to look at options for a double major, especially Optical Engineering with electrical, computer or mechanical engineering.

OE 594 - Integrated Silicon Photonics

  • Credit Hours: 3.5R-1.5L-4C
  • Term Available: F
  • Prerequisites: OE 393 and Senior or Graduate standing
  • Corequisites: None

Dispersion properties of silicon waveguides, coupled-mode theory, mode propagation and confinement, effective index of TE and TM modes. Modeling silicon passive devices: directional coupler, Y-branch, Mach-Zehnder interferometer, ring resonators, I/O grating couplers. Modeling silicon active devices: thermo-optic phase-shifters, pn-junction modulators, electro-absorption modulators, and photodetectors. Modeling and simulation of integrated silicon photonics circuits and applications. Laboratory experiments: Fabrication and characterization of a silicon passive device.

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