Semiconductor Optoelectronic Devices


Stanford School of Engineering



New technologies that have optoelectronic integration are essential to the evolving information industry and require elaborate optical processes in semiconductors. This course covers operating principles and practical device features of semiconductor optoelectronic materials and heterostructures used in high-performing, low cost systems for competitive advantage.

This course is only available on the Stanford campus during the Winter 2017-18 quarter. There will be no online delivery.


Semiconductor devices and solid state physics such as EE216, or equivalent.

Topics include

  • Electroabsorptive modulators (Franz-Keldysh and QCSE)
  • Electrorefractive (directional couplers, Mach-Zehnder)
  • Lasers (waveguide and vertical cavity surface emitting)
  • Light emitting diodes
  • Optical detectors (p-I-n, avalanche, and MSM)
  • Switches (SEEDs)

Note on Course Availability

The course schedule is displayed for planning purposes – courses can be modified, changed, or cancelled. Course availability will be considered finalized on the first day of open enrollment. For quarterly enrollment dates, please refer to our graduate certificate homepage.