Fundamentals in Optoelectronics B2a


Credits points: 6

75 hours course attendance; 105 hours self-study

Semester: summer and winter

Language: English

Module type: compulsory

Module usability: M.Sc. Electrical Communication Engineering

Module duration: one semester

Required qualifications:
undergraduate knowledge on electronic semiconductor devices (diodes, transistors), material science

Competences to be acquired

Understanding the complex interaction of electronic, thermal and optical phenomena in laser diodes

Sustainable knowledge in operation and application of optoelectronic devices

Research and development in the area of optoelectronic components



  • Introduction into ray- and quantum optics
  • Refractive index, polarisation, interference, diffraction, coherence
  • Material properties of glass; dispersion, absorption
  • Optical waveguiding, detailed introduction into dispersion and absorption
  • Interferometers (Michelson, Fabry-Pérot, Mach-Zehnder)
  • Optical multilayer structures (e.g. DBR mirrors)

Learning outcomes

  • To learn basic principles of optoelectronic devices and systems, structure and operating principles of optoelectronic components
  • To learn the huge application potential of optoelectronic devices and photonic tools
  • The engineer should learn to solve problems using interdisciplinary analogies
  • To understand the successful solutions of nature as a promising approach for an advanced working engineer


  • Lecturer: Hartmut Hillmer and team
  • Teaching method: lecture and exercises
  • SWS: 3
  • Credit points: 4
  • Examination: oral exam (30 minutes)
  • Course identifier: FB16-5265


  • Simulation of active and passive optical devices (e.g. Fabry-Pérot interferometers, VCSELs)

Learning outcomes

  • Introduction to scientific working; the engineer learns how to interprete data from model calculations and how to compare experimental and theoretical results and to conclude methodology


  • Lecturer: Hartmut Hillmer and team
  • Teaching method: lab training
  • SWS: 2
  • Credit points: 2
  • Examination: written report on measured data and presentation
  • Course identifier: FB16-2281