EE343 Advanced Optoelectronic Devices (Spring 2008)

Prof. David A. B. Miller

Room AP213, Applied Physics Building and Ginzton Laboratory
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305-4088

dabm (at) ee (dot) stanford (dot) edu

 (650) 723 0111, (650) 723 9355 fax

Office Hours

1:30 - 3:00 on Wednesdays. Please contact Ingrid Tarien,, 723-0206 for appointments outside these hours.

Teaching Assistant

Rebecca Schaevitz, rschaevitz (at) stanford (dot) edu

Room 227, Ginzton Laboratory, (650) 725-2291

Section hours: Tuesdays, 3-5pm, Packard 104

Course Information

Lectures 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., Tuesday and Thursday, Room School Of Education 128

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All course materials © Copyright D. A. B. Miller 1997-2008. All Rights Reserved


The course reader, “EE343 Advanced Optoelectronic Devices,” available from the Bookstore, is required. The course follows this reader closely. We will also post the chapters from this on the eeclass web site as pdf files. Other course documents will also be available from the eeclass web site.

The text “Physics of Optoelectronic Devices” by S. L. Chuang is an alternate reference for the course as a recommended text. It is not required. It is on reserve at the Engineering Library.

Summary of Course Content and Goals

Semiconductor quantum well structures; superlattices and coupled quantum wells; optical properties of quantum wells; valence band structure; effects of strain; quantum well lasers; intersubband detectors; excitons in quantum wells; absorption saturation; electroabsorption; quantum well modulators and switches.


Understand principles, operation, and design of state‑of‑the‑art optoelectronic devices.


1.   Introduction to quantum wells and superlattices

2.   Tunneling resonance technique       

3.   Optical absorption in quantum wells

4.   Excitons

5.   Electroabsorption in quantum wells

6.   Quantum well modulators and switches

7.   Valence band structure      

8.   Quantum well lasers

9.   Novel quantum well optoelectronic devices

Prerequisites: 243 Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices and/or EE222 and, ideally, EE223 (or sufficient overall background in optoelectronic devices and/or quantum mechanics)

Course Structure, Exams and Grading

There will be problem sets, given weekly and due back the following week for the majority of the course time. These will count for 1/3 of the grade.

There will be a “mid-term” project, due approximately 2/3 of the way through the course at a date to be determined, that will be specific design or calculation assignment in the  properties of semiconductor materials and/or quantum well structures or devices. This will also count for 1/3 of the grade.

There will be a final project, due at a date to be determined near the end of the quarter. In this project, the student will investigate an advanced optoelectronic device of their choosing from the literature, and exercise what they have learnt in the course by investigating a possible re-design or improvement on the device. This will also count for 1/3 of the grade.

There will be no other examinations.