Stanford University
EE136: Introduction to Nanophotonics and Nanostructures

Winter 2013


Introduction to a number of interesting topics in nanophotonics and nanostructures and their applications. After a basic review of waves (electromagnetic and quantum mechanical) and semiconductors, we will discuss various approaches to confine these waves and devices employing such confinement.  Localization of light and applications: metallic mirrors, photonic crystals, optical waveguides, microresonators, plasmonics. Localization of quantum mechanical waves: quantum wells, wires and dots. Generation of light in semiconductors: spontaneous and stimulated emission, lasers, and light emitting diodes. Devices incorporating localization of both electromagnetic and quantum mechanical waves, such as resonant cavity quantum well lasers and microcavity-based single photon sources. System-level applications of the introduced concepts, such as optical communications, biochemical sensing, and quantum cryptography. Prerequisites: basic familiarity with electromagnetic and quantum mechanical waves, and semiconductors, at the level of EE41 or equivalent.

Meeting Time & Place
Tue, Thurs 3:15 pm - 5:00 pm, McCullough 126

Instructor Office Hours & Location
Jelena Vuckovic Fridays, 10:30am-12:00pm, Spilker #209

TA's & graders Office Hours & Location
Sonia Buckley (TA)

Armand Rundquist (TA)

Marina Radulaski (grader)






Administrative Staff  Location
Ingrid Tarien Spilker, #306

  • There are no required textbooks. 
  • Course reader and lecture notes will be posted on the class web site.

Syllabus (tentative)

Additional class info

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Last update: January 7, 2013